Tag Archive: Wildflowers

Summer Wildflowers of North Florida Roadsides

The network of backcountry roads winding through north Florida offer pleasant views of rolling pastures, fields of cotton, old tobacco barns, and, occasionally, a scenic overlook of our local “hills”. Many of these roads follow the original trails blazed by early settlers, or even Native Americans. Traveling along these small roads during the late summer, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/09/summer-wildflowers-of-north-florida-roadsides/

Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis

Native Lanceleaf Coreopsis. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. In our demonstration garden we are enjoying the small but vibrant blooms of our state wildflower Coreopsis, also commonly known as tickseed. After many years of its use in the Florida highways beautification program, Coreopsis was adopted as Florida’s official state wildflower in 1991. Florida can boast of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/24/florida-wildflowers-coreopsis/

Florida Wildflowers: Blue Mistflower

Blue Mistflower – Image Credit Mary Derrick, UF / IFAS   Here’s a beautiful native perennial wildflower that is easy to grow and generally available in the independent nursery trade. In the wild, you can encounter them at the edges of woodlands and ponds as they prefer moist areas. Blue mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, performs well as a perennial in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/18/florida-wildflowers-blue-mistflower/

Florida Wildflowers: Narrowleaf Sunflower

In the midst of your September strolls through natural Florida, you may come across this native beauty, the narrowleaf sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius. Another common name is swamp sunflower. I found this gorgeous patch in the photo close to the shore of Apalachicola Bay. It occurs throughout Florida and north throughout much of the eastern United …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/23/florida-wildflowers-narrowleaf-sunflower/

Florida Wildflowers – Historically Resilient

The summertime often reminds us of our uninhibited spirit. With Independence Day not far off, Floridians will be celebrating the freedom of our nation while battling the oppressive climate you can’t seem to escape this time of year. As we approach the apex of heat and humidity here in Florida, we would do well to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/01/florida-wildflowers-historically-resilient/

Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers

Swamp Sunflower Photo credit: UF/IFAS Milt Putnam Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers Drive along any highway or rural road at this time of year and chances are some color will catch your eye; not so much in the tree tops, but in ditches and right of ways. Although yellow seems to be the predominant color in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/14/fall-blooming-native-wildflowers/