The Fall 2018 Panhandle Wildflower Alliance newsletter features news about life after Hurricane Michael, State Road 65 wildflowers, and Santa Rosa County’s wildflower program and extension garden, as well as a call for volunteers for a planting project.
Okaloosa County is home to some of Florida’s most diverse natural areas. When entomologist UF’s Dr. Marc Minno and resident MaryAnn Friedman discovered Frosted elfin caterpillars on Sundial lupine along State Road 189 there, they successfully enlisted the help of FDOT to alter mowing to keep the butterfly’s roadside habitat flourishing.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation recently updated its Panhandle Wildflowers brochure. The publication features photos of common Panhandle wildflowers along with a map pinpointing wildflower roadsides in the Panhandle’s 16 counties, from Escambia to Jefferson.