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

Tropical sage (Salvia coccinea) by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Tropical sage

Known by many names — scarlet sage, tropical sage, red salvia, blood sage — this versatile perennial wildflower is a steadfast addition to any wildflower garden. Its flower is one that no pollinator can resist, but it is particularly attractive to bees, large butterflies and hummingbirds. It typically blooms in summer and fall, but can bloom year-round in many parts of the state.

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Innocence (Houstonia procumbens). Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Innocence

Although often overlooked, the diminutive white flowers and verdurous leaves of innocence are a welcome sight for anyone with the winter blues. This low-growing perennial creeps along the floors of many open habitats throughout Florida.

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Leavenworth's tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii) Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Leavenworth’s tickseed

Leavenworth’s tickseed can bloom year-round. Its natural habitat is mesic pine flatwoods, but it is often used as a component of mixed wildflower and butterfly gardens, and is excellent for sunny roadsides, highway medians and powerline easements. It attracts many pollinators and is eaten by rabbits (if you’re lucky enough to have rabbits in your landscape).

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Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Flower Friday: Carolina jessamine

Carolina jessamine is a perennial, evergreen climbing or trailing vine. It occurs naturally in mesic and hydric hammocks, pine flatwoods, thickets, bottomland swamps, and ruderal areas. It sometimes grows as an open trailing groundcover in the woods and also creates cascades of brilliant yellow as it grows up into trees and trails off branches.

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