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

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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Frogfruit flowers

Flower Friday: Frogfruit

Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora) is known by many names: turkey tangle fogfruit, capeweed, matchhead, creeping Charlie… Regardless of what you call it, frogfruit is both a versatile and vital wildflower. This evergreen perennial is low-growing and creeping, often forming dense mats of green foliage.

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