The Florida Wildflower Foundation and Florida’s own Island Grove Wine Co. are teaming to host a unique virtual fundraiser supporting the Foundation’s Pollinator Pathway projects. The event will feature special guest Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Join us at 7 p.m. EST, Monday, November 29, for this innovative event.
Also known as Julia heliconian and Flambeau (the flame), the Julia butterfly (Dryas iulia) is recognizable by its orange color and elongated wings. Passionvine (Passiflora spp.) is the chosen host plant for Julia caterpillars. As adults, they nectar on Pineland lantana (Lantana depressa), Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata), Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium), and Beggarticks (Bidens alba).
Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation on Saturday, November 6 at 9am for a tour of Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area led by naturalists Mary Keim and Randy Snyder. Split Oak contains 11 natural plant communities, including pine flatwoods, hardwood hammock, scrub oak and sandhill. The wetlands in the north of the park boast thriving grasses and wildflowers.
Hear the story of Heartwood Preserve in this free webinar at 2 p.m. on October 12. Heartwood Preserve, based on the concept of conservation burial, is an environmental sanctuary where end-of-life decisions are made in harmony with nature. Executive Director Laura Starkey and Assistant Director Diana Brooks will explain conservation burial, give an overview of the land’s history and management and discuss the importance of fire ecology to the overall health of the preserve.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation is in its sixth year of the Seedlings for Schools program, giving out wildflower plants and adaptive curriculum to schools around the state. Including grant recipients from 2021 postponed due to Covid school closures, 49 teachers are receiving wildflowers for school gardens this month.
Keep your eyes open along roadsides for Milkweeds and other fall-blooming larval host plants that are on display right now. Milkweeds are, of course, the host plant for the Monarch butterfly, but there are many more native wildflowers and grasses critical to the survival of our other butterfly species.