State Wildflower license plate

The State Wildflower license plate gets a makeover

The redesigned State Wildflower license plate, now available at county tax collector’s offices, sports a butterfly with two species of Coreopsis, Florida’s official wildflower. Having the fluttering insect as a key part of the new design helps raise awareness of beleaguered pollinators while illustrating the critical link between them and their vanishing wild habitats.

Wildflower Tag

Get the plate that works for wildflowers and wildlife Get yours now! The State Wildflower license plate has raised more than $4.2 million for Florida’s native wildflowers, wildlife and wild places. The plate provides the only consistent source of funding for Florida’s native plants and wildflowers. Just look at a few of the things it’s…

Straughn UF/IFAS Extension sign

2019 Florida Wildflower Symposium

2019 Presentation PDFs Below are links to PDFs of many of the 2019 Florida Wildflower Symposium presentations. Please note: These are for personal reference only. You may not re-use, reproduce, upload or otherwise distribute any of the presentations or information contained within without the express permission of the author. Nancy Bissett: 20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers (7.8mb) Jaret Daniels,…

Northern parula on Coreopsis

Attracting Birds with Florida’s Native Wildflowers

Northern parula on Coreopsis by Christina Evans View brochure Add wildflowers to your landscape now to help birds thrive! To bring birds into your landscape, plant a variety of Florida native wildflowers that provide food and habitat. Include species that produce nectar and seeds, attract insects, and offer shelter. Wildflowers for Nectar Hummingbirds gather nectar…

Wildflower landscape

It’s not a garden, it’s a habitat

Ecologists estimate that only 3 to 4 percent of land in the United States has been undisturbed by human activity. That’s why providing habitat — food, shelter and nesting areas for wildlife — within sustainable urban landscapes should be an important goal for everyone.

We can’t create a perfect natural habitat for each species. However, we can make a difference by using Florida’s native wildflowers and plants. Learn how!

Liatris bloom in pine flatwoods

Nov. 18 Field trip to Heartwood Preserve

Heartwood Preserve is the first conservation cemetery within a nature preserve in the Tampa Bay area. Join us on this unique opportunity to learn about the efforts to conserve and permanently protect this endangered natural habitat through environmentally friendly burial options. Visit longleaf pine flatwoods and cypress wetlands. Learn the land’s history and management, the importance of fire ecology and the process of conservation burial. 

Wildflower garden in bloom

When wildflowers blow in the wind

As summer progresses many of our fall-blooming wildflowers become tall and stately, forming backdrops and filling fence rows as they reach peak bloom from September through December. But this also is when storms increase, bringing intense waves of wind and rain. And there are always those unpredictable hurricanes. Here’s how one wildflower garden survived Hurricane  Irma’s big blow and steps you can take to hopefully rescue your own plantings.