Date Posted: Feb 10, 2017
No matter where in Florida you are, wildflowers are in bloom. In north Florida, wakerobins (Trillium spp.) are at their peak, signaling the return of their namesake bird. Wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), sweet Pinxter azalea (Rhododendron canescens), pineland daisy (Chaptalia tomentosa) and yellow butterwort (Pinguicula lutea), a state-threatened species, are among the blossoms decorating north Florida’s roadsides and natural areas.
Red buckeye’s (Aesculus pavia) early blooms provide nourishment for returning hummingbirds and butterflies in north and central Florida. Other blooms to look for in the area include tropical sage (Salvia coccinea), lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata), spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.) and bay lobelia (Lobelia feayania).
In South Florida, be on the lookout for wild pennyroyal (Piloblephis rigida), oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius), marsh gentian (Eustoma exaltatum), senna (Senna spp.) and skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos), a state-endangered species.
Of course, these are just a few of Florida’s many native wildflowers now blooming throughout the state. For more of what’s blooming in your area, visit our What’s in Bloom page. While you're out enjoying the view, why not join the ranks of our Wildflower Watchers and let us know with photographs what’s blooming in your area? Here's how to submit your photos so that others may enjoy La Florida, land of flowers.
Pictured: Sweet pinxter azalea by Eleanor Dietrich.
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