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

Marsh-pink (Sabatia grandiflora). Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Marsh-pink

Also known as largeflower rosegentian, marsh-pink is a beautiful herbaceous wildflower found in mesic pine flatwoods and wet prairies throughout Florida. In northern Florida, its showy blooms appear in summer, but it can bloom year-round in southern Florida. It is almost endemic, occurring in only one county in Alabama outside of the state of Florida.

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Coralbean (Erythrina herbaria) by Stacey Matrazzo

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Also known as cardinal spear or Cherokee bean, coralbean is a semi-deciduous to evergreen woody shrub. It produces red tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Firebush (Hamelia patens) by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Firebush

Firebush is a hardy, fast-growing and showy evergreen shrub to small tree. It produces clusters of bright orange to red tubular flowers that are filled with nectar. The blooms vary in length, attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Checkered white on Lepidium virginicum

Flower Friday: Virginia pepperweed

Virginia pepperweed is a member of the mustard family and is edible to humans. It is also the host plant for the checkered white (Pontia protodice) and great Southern white (Ascia monuste) butterflies. Bees love it, too!

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Butterweed (Packera glabella). Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Butterweed

Butterweed is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in early spring. It grows in dense stands that illuminate moist roadsides and river edges. It also occurs naturally in alluvial forests and wet, disturbed sites and attracts a variety of pollinators.

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Oblongleaf twinflower (Dyschoriste oblongifolia) by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Oblongleaf twinflower

If you are tired of mowing, watering and fertilizing the lawn, and fighting chinch bugs and other lawn pests, consider replacing your turf grass with oblongleaf twinflower, an easy-to-care-for native groundcover. It occurs naturally in dry to moist sandhills, flatwoods and mixed upland forests and attracts bees and butterflies, including the malachite (Siproeta stelenes) and white peacock (Anartia jatrophae). It is also a host plant for the common buckeye (Junonia coenia).

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