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

Yellow milkwort (Polygala rugelli). Photo by John Moran

Flower Friday: Yellow milkwort

Also known as Rugel’s milkwort, yellow milkwort is an annual herbaceous wildflower endemic to the Florida peninsula. Its showy flowers bloom primarily in summer and fall, but may appear throughout most of the year. It occurs naturally in wet pine flatwoods.

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Carolina redroot (Lachnanthes caroliana)

Flower Friday: Carolina redroot

Carolina redroot is a perennial herbaceous wildflower that blooms from summer into fall. It occurs naturally in wet flatwoods, marshes, bogs, dome swamps, savannas and coastal swales. Its blooms are attractive to a variety of butterflies and moths; its seeds are eaten by birds; and the whole plant is favored by feral hogs, who are known to dig up and eat large patches of redroot.

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Gopher apple (Licania michauxii). Photo by Chris Waltz

Flower Friday: Gopher apple

Gopher apple is a hardy, low-growing, woody perennial shrub that occurs naturally in sandhills, pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods and scrub. It is often confused with runner oak, which has a similar growth habit and is found in similar habitats. Gopher apple can bloom year-round.

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Largeflower milkweed (Asclepias connivens) Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Largeflower milkweed

Largeflower milkweed is a perennial wildflower found throughout much of Florida. Its conspicuous flowers appear in late spring through summer in moist pine flatwoods, savannahs and bogs.

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White birds-in-a-nest (Macbridea alba) Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: White birds-in-a-nest

White birds-in-a-nest is a Florida endemic perennial wildflower that blooms May through July. It is fire-dependent and occurs naturally in coastal pinelands, seeps, and wet savannas. It is a state-listed endangered species and a US-listed threatened species. White birds-in-a-nest gets its common name from the way its white flowers and buds resemble bird heads and eggs nestled within a green nest that is formed by the flower’s bracts.

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Grassleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia graminifolia). Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Grassleaf coneflower

Grassleaf coneflower is a Florida endemic perennial wildflower. Its brick-red solitary blooms are distinctly different than most Florida Rudbeckia species. It typically flowers in summer and occurs naturally savannas and along moist roadsides.

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