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

Alligatorflag (Thalia geniculata) Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Alligatorflag

Alligatorflag (also known as fireflag) is a tall, sturdy herbaceous perennial that typically blooms summer through fall. It occurs naturally in wetland depressions and cypress sloughs, and along the edges of marshes, swamps and wet ditches.

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Lemon bacopa (Bacopa caroliniana) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Lemon bacopa

Lemon bacopa (also known as blue waterhyssop) is a low-growing, mat-forming, perennial herbaceous wildflower that grows in very moist to aquatic habitats. It typically blooms late spring through fall, but can bloom year-round. It occurs naturally along pond and stream margins, and in swamps, marshes and shallow ditches. Its nectar is used by a variety of small pollinators.

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Standing cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Standing cypress

Standing cypress is a brilliant, biennial herbaceous wildflower. Contrary to its common name, it is not related to the cypress tree (Taxodium spp.). It blooms summer through fall and occurs naturally in sandhills, coastal strands, beach dunes and ruderal areas. It is very attractive to butterflies as well as other pollinators.

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Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Florida paintbrush

Florida paintbrush is a showy, perennial herbaceous wildflower that blooms from mid-summer into fall. It occurs naturally in sandhills, pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods and ruderal areas. It is very attractive to butterflies as well as other pollinators.

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Thistleleaf aster (Eurybia eryngiifolia) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Thistleleaf aster

Thistleleaf aster is an herbaceous perennial wildflower that occurs only in Florida’s eastern Panhandle and in a few neighboring counties in Alabama and Georgia. Its blooms are fairly large and appear in late spring through fall. It occurs naturally in wet prairies, wiregrass savannas and wet pine flatwoods and is loved by many bees and butterflies.

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Sagittaria lancifolia Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Arrowhead

Also known as duck potato, arrowhead is a perennial emergent aquatic wildflower. It typically blooms spring through fall and occurs naturally in marshes, swamps, streams, spring runs, rivers, lake edges and roadside ditches. Its flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators. Its fruits are eaten by birds and other wildlife.

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