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Saving Monarchs

Milkweed is a critical host plant for Monarch butterflies. Here's what you need to know about native and non-native milkweed.

Florida’s State Wildflower

Get to know the state’s official wildflower, Coreopsis, and the 17 species found in Florida.

Get to know Florida’s native wildflowers.

Bees on Softhair coneflower

Nature’s schedules

Nature, like a machine, has processes that keep the system running smoothly. But when there’s a mismatch between such things as flower bloom time and insect emergence, that machine ceases to function correctly.

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Leavenworth's tickseed flowers

Adjusting to climate changes

According to the National Phenology Network (NPN), spring arrived about three weeks early in much of the southeastern United States, with the first tiny leaves and flower buds appearing notably earlier than usual in North Florida and, to a lesser degree, Central Florida.

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Cloudless sulphur on thistle

When spring arrives too soon

To everything there is a season, but what if those seasons aren’t quite as predictable as they once were? Anecdotal and scientific information increasingly show changes in when plants are blooming, fruiting and going to seed. And that can spell trouble.

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New book spotlights 100 Florida native plants for landscapes

Though Florida’s native plants have evolved here over thousands of years, they are often little-known to the state’s gardening enthusiasts. Native Plants for Florida Gardens (Pineapple Press, $21.95), a colorful new book from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, seeks to change that by providing practical, easy-to-use information on the selection, landscape use and care of 100 native wildflowers, shrubs, vines and trees.

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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.

Exotic Invaders

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.

Spanish needles (Bidens alba) literally grows like a weed. So is it one? It is the hands-down favorite for Florida’s native pollinators. Photo by Bob Peterson.

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Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies

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Panhandle wildflower viewing

Panhandle BrochureThe Panhandle is considered the best place in Florida to view native wildflowers. Find routes and hotspots easily with the Native Wildflowers of Florida’s Panhandle guide, available at official Florida Welcome Centers. The pamphlet features viewing routes and beautiful photos of 40 common regional native flowers.

Download the brochure or pick up a copy at an official Florida Welcome Center.

Recommended References

Great books that will help you understand, identify and use Florida’s native flowers.

Gardening with Wildflowers

Wildflower Identification