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

Marsh gentian (Eustoma exaltatum). Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Marsh gentian

Marsh gentian (also known as seaside prairie-gentian or catchfly prairie-gentian) 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 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

Sweet pinxter azalea (also known as mountain azalea) 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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Parrot pitcherplant (Sarracenia psittacine). Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Parrot pitcherplant

Parrot pitcherplant is a carnivorous perennial plant. It typically flowers in April and May and occurs naturally in seepage slopes, wet prairies, depression marshes, dome swamps, and bogs. Parrot pitcherplant is a state listed threatened species. Its species name psittacine means “of or relating to parrots” and refers to the shape of the flower resembling the head of a parrot.

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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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