“Flower Friday” is a weekly profile of a different Florida native wildflower.

Manyflowered grasspink, Calopogon multiflorus

Flower Friday: Manyflowered grasspink

Manyflowered grasspink (Calopogon multiflorus) is a state-threatened terrestrial orchid that blooms winter through spring, but most abundantly in March through May. It occurs naturally in dry to wet pine flatwoods and dry prairies. The plant is fire-dependent; blooming typically occurs within several weeks of a burn.

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Manyflower beardtongue flowers

Flower Friday: Manyflower beardtongue

Manyflower beardtongue (Penstemon multiflorus) is a deciduous perennial wildflower with showy white flowers. The common name “beardtongue” refers to the tendency of blooms within the Penstemon genus to have a long, often hairy filament that protrudes from the mouth of the corolla, giving the appearance of a fuzzy tongue.

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Fetterbush, Lyonia lucida

Flower Friday: Fetterbush

Also known as Shiny lyonia, Fetterbush (Lyonia lucida) is an erect woody evergreen shrub that produces a plethora of small, fragrant blooms in whitish-pink to pink to red. It occurs naturally in pine and scrubby flatwoods, scrub, dry hammocks, dry prairies, and along swamp and cypress pond margins.

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Browne's savory, Clinopodium brownei

Flower Friday: Browne’s savory

Also known as St. John’s mint and Creeping Charlie, Browne’s savory (Clinopodium browneii) is a long-lived aquatic perennial wildflower with a sprawling growth habit. It is a highly aromatic plant, particularly when its leaves or stems are crushed. It can be used to make a tea or to add mint flavor to a salad or other dish.

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Rain lilies, Zephyranthes atamasca

Flower Friday: Rain lily

Rain lily (Zephyranthes atamasca) is a short-lived perennial wildflower. Its showy, solitary flowers are white (although sometimes tinged with pink) and, as the name suggests, typically bloom after a rain shower. Flowering can occur in late winter through early summer, but their tendency to bloom around Easter has earned them another common name — Easter lily.

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Prairie iris, Iris hexagona

Flower Friday: Prairie iris

Also known as Dixie iris, Prairie iris (Iris hexagona) is a rhizomatous perennial wildflower with showy purple flowers. They bloom in spring in swamps, wet prairies and marshes, and along the edges of rivers and ditches.

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