Some of the plants that are common to our home landscapes are actually invasive species, many of which are now widespread in Florida’s natural areas. Removing these species from your landscape and replacing them with native alternatives can help prevent the spread of invasive species and will provide suitable food and cover for native wildlife. We suggest some “alter-natives” for your landscape.
Get to know Florida’s native wildflowers.
Native or Not?
A Florida native wildflower is a flowering herbaceous species that grew wild within the state’s natural ecosystems in the 1560s, when Florida’s first botanical records were created. Read the Foundation’s full definition of Florida native plants, including cultivars.
Learn how invasive plants are damaging natural landscapes and ecosystems and costing taxpayers money.
Weed or Wildflower?
Wildflowers can be a beautiful addition to your garden, but they can become weeds when they grow in the wrong place. Learn more about gardening with wildflowers.
“Everything on Planet Earth has a purpose for being here. If you disrupt the balance of the web of life, there are consequences. The more we understand these interactions, the better off we are.”
Wildflowers in the Landscape
We continue to work with experts on Florida’s native wildflowers to bring you information about their habits and habitats. We know you’ll enjoy getting to know them, and their work with our fabulous wildflowers.
Get the App
Nature Viewing Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail helps you identify the state’s birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Android version
Plan a trip to the Panhandle. Learn about bloom hotspots and places to visit. Bookmark this web-based resource.
Request brochures and handouts
Fill out our request form to receive butterfly/wildflower brochures and handouts for a school, meeting or event. (Supplies are limited.)
Print handouts with these quick links
Reduce shipping costs and carbon footprint by downloading and printing these educational handouts.
- Plant Selection Guide
- 20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers (24-page publication)
- Attracting Birds with Florida’s Native Wildflowers
- Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers
- Great Wildflowers for Your Dry Landscape
- Attracting Wildlife with Wildflowers
- Coreopsis: Florida’s State Wildflower
- Establishing a Small Planting of Native Wildflowers from Seed
- 7 Steps to Collecting and Growing from Seed
- Monarchs and Milkweed
Panhandle wildflower viewing
The Panhandle is considered the best place in Florida to view native wildflowers. Find routes and hotspots easily with the Native Wildflowers in Florida’s Eastern Panhandle guide, available at official Florida Welcome Centers. The pamphlet features viewing routes and beautiful photos of 40 common regional native flowers.
Great books that will help you understand, identify and use Florida’s native flowers.
Florida Keys Wildflowers: A Guide to the Common Wildflowers of the Florida Keys
(Roger Hammer, 2004)
The Right Plants for Dry Places, Native Plant Landscaping in Central Florida (Suncoast Native Plant Society, ISBN: 0820004235
Explore our Research
There’s a lot we don’t know about wildflowers. Our research program unlocks their secrets and producing information of use to homeowners, land managers, growers and highway maintenance managers.