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

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata). Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: American white waterlily

American white waterlily (also known as fragrant waterlily) is a floating aquatic plant. Its large, solitary, fragrant white flowers bloom spring through fall in swamps, marshes, slow-moving streams and shallow lakes, ponds and ditches. The flowers are attractive to butterflies, but they are pollinated primarily by beetles.

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Skyblue lupine (Lupinus diffusus) flower and seed pod. Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Skyblue lupine

Skyblue lupine is a lovely herbaceous perennial that occurs primarily in scrubby habitats. Its bluish to lavender flowers are born on dense spikes and appear in spring. It occurs naturally in sand and oak scrub, sandhills, pine flatwoods and coastal strands.

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Chickasaw plum blossoms Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Chickasaw plum

Chickasaw plum is a deciduous flowering shrub or small tree that produces profuse white blooms, making for a spectacular early spring display. It occurs naturally in dry hammocks, woodland edges, and disturbed areas and roadsides. The flowers are attractive to pollinators; the fruit is eaten by birds and other wildlife — and humans! (They are quite tart!)

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Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) by Terry Zinn

Flower Friday: Coral honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle is a robust, woody vine that is mostly evergreen, but can be deciduous in colder climes. Its showy blooms are scarlet red to reddish-orange and are attractive to many butterflies. Hummingbirds find them irresistible and birds such as cardinals enjoy the fruits.

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Wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) by Jim Haley

Flower Friday: Wild petunia

Wild petunia is a low-growing, erect perennial wildflower that typically blooms in late spring through late summer/early fall. It occurs naturally in mesic hammocks, flatwoods and sandhills, and along roadsides and in disturbed sites. It is the host plant for the white peacock (Anartia jatrophae) and common buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterflies, but attracts a variety of pollinators.

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Oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)

Flower Friday: Oakleaf fleabane

Also known as Southern fleabane and daisy fleabane, oakleaf fleabane is a delicate, short-lived perennial wildflower. It typically blooms in spring and summer and attracts a variety of pollinators. It occurs naturally in sandhills and moist hammocks as well as in disturbed sites and along roadsides.

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