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

Oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)

Flower Friday: Oakleaf fleabane

Also known as Southern fleabane and Daisy fleabane, Oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) 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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Greeneyes (Berlandiera subacaulis). Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Greeneyes

The beautiful yellow flowers of Florida greeneyes (Berlandiera subacaulis) appear in spring in sandhills, pine flatwoods, and mixed upland forests, as well as along dry roadsides and in ruderal areas. They attract a variety of pollinators and are endemic to Florida.

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Walter's viburnum (Viburnum obovatum

Flower Friday: Walter’s viburnum

Walter’s viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) occurs naturally in hydric hammocks, riverine forests, floodplain swamps and bottomland forests. Pollinators are attracted to its showy spring flowers, while birds and other wildlife feast on its abundant summer and fall fruit production and use its dense foliage for nesting and cover.

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Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Cardinalflower

Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a perennial herbaceous plant that produces erect spikes of brilliant red blooms. It typically flowers in summer through early winter in floodplain forests, riverine swamps, spring runs and along river and stream edges. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

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Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday:Lyreleaf sage

Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) is an attractive perennial that produces leafless spikes of lavender to bluish, tubular flowers. Bees are its predominant pollinator, but it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It typically flowers in late winter through late spring along woodland edges, in open areas and in disturbed sites.

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Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata) by Bob Peterson (Creative Commons license)

Flower Friday: Buttonsage

Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata) is a woody, evergreen shrub that produces dense clusters of small, fragrant, whitish to lavender flowers. It occurs naturally along coastal strands, dunes, hammocks, and pinelands in coastal counties from Pinellas (on the west) and Brevard (on the east) south to Monroe and into the Keys.

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