Wildflower or Weed?
In general, “Florida native wildflowers” are any flowering herbaceous species, or woody species with ornamental flowers, which grew wild within the state’s natural ecosystems in the 1560s when Florida’s first botanical records were created.
Also recognized as native are flowering plants and grasses introduced before that time by Native Americans through travel and trade, and wildflowers introduced without aid of human intervention.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation offers free downloads of educational handouts:
- 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
The Florida Museum of Natural History’s popular “Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies” brochure provides images of the most frequently seen butterflies and some of their larval host plants. Click here to request brochures for your event. (Supplies are limited.)
Get ready for the field and garden with books dedicated to Florida’s native wildflowers, trees, shrubs and vines. We have a list of our favorites on the website which links directly to Amazon for purchase.