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Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) by Dara Dobson

When is a wildflower a Florida native wildflower?

Florida’s flora includes more than 4,100 kinds of spontaneous occurring plants, including 2,800 plants native to the state. When most people refer to wildflowers, they include true Florida native herbaceous species as well as naturalized flowering species and non-native garden species that have escaped into the wild.

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Naturalistic landscape with native wildflowers Photo by Andrea England

What is the difference between a wildflower and a native plant?

Florida’s flora includes more than 4,100 kinds of spontaneous occurring plants. Of those, 2,800 are considered true Florida natives. A true Florida native plant is a plant species whose natural range included Florida prior to European contact according to the best available scientific and historical documentation (about 1500AD).

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