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

Largeflower milkweed (Asclepias connivens) Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Largeflower milkweed

Largeflower milkweed (Asclepias connivens) 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 (Macbridea alba) 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 (Rudbeckia graminifolia) 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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Marsh gentian (Eustoma exaltatum). Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Marsh gentian

Also known as Seaside prairie-gentian or Catchfly prairie-gentian, Marsh gentian (Eustoma exaltatum) is an annual wildflower with showy purple to lavender (or sometimes white) flowers. It can bloom throughout the year and occurs naturally in salt marshes, dunes, and coastal flats.

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LIzard's tail (Saururus cernuus). Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Lizard’s tail

Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus) is a perennial aquatic wildflower. Its tiny, white blooms are borne in early spring through summer and attract a variety of pollinators. They are also eaten by foraging ducks such as wood ducks. Both the common and genus name refer to the flower’s resemblance to a lizard’s tail.

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Sweet pinxter azalea (Rhododendron canescens) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Sweet pinxter azalea

Also known as Mountain azalea, Sweet pinxter azalea (Rhododendron canescens) is a deciduous flowering shrub. Its showy pinkish- to rose-colored flowers bloom in spring in pine flatwoods, mesic hammocks, bay swamps, and floodplain and slope forests. They attract a number of pollinators, including hummingbirds.

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