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Blue Blooms

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: GLADE LOBELIA (Lobelia glandulosa)

Wildflower about 1-2 ft for moist to wet locations

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Lobeglan

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Lobelia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3164

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BALDWIN’S ERYNGO (Eryngium baldwinii)

a.k.a. Matted-button snakeroot, this ground vine is so tiny it can easily be overlooked. A member of the CARROT FAMILY (APIACEAE)

Butterfly larval food: Black Swallowtail: http://www.nsis.org/garden/family/carrot.html

Learn: http://pinellas.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=Eryngiums

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Eryngium

Where does it grow in Florida?: http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2628

you can see how tiny this prostrate vine is

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CANADIAN TOADFLAX (Linaria canadensis)

CANADIAN TOADFLAX (Linaria canadensis)

CANADIAN TOADFLAX (Linaria canadensis)

This tall delicate wildflower which blooms in early spring looks great in a meadow. attracts pollinators

larval host: Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coernia)

Rabbits will eat it like it is spaghetti.

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/linaria-canadensis

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=774

February 2015

February 2015

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Linaria-canadensis-%252d-Canada-Toad%C2%A0Flax.html

Breathtaking in a meadow. From March 2010

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis)

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Self seeding. A favorite of pollinators.

Learn:  http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Ruelcaro

Learn more: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ruellia-caroliniensis

Larval host: Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=812

June 2014

June 2014

June 2013

June 2013

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLUEJACKET; OHIO SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Can be aggressive in disturbed situations. Flowers are prolific but only last a day. This is the blue in my red, white and blue garden. 🙂 popular with pollinators such as the sweat bee in this photo.

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/tradescantia-ohiensis

said to be edible: http://www.eattheweeds.com/spiderwort-pocahontas-and-gamma-rays/

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Tradescantia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2992

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BAY LOBELIA (Lobelia feayana)

Short dainty wildflower that can be easily overlooked because of its height, but the bright color gives it away. Endemic to Florida

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Lobefeay

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lobelia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1273

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CANADIAN TOADFLAX (Linaria canadensis)

This tall delicate wildflower which blooms in early spring looks great in a meadow. attracts pollinators

larval host: Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coernia)

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/linaria-canadensis

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Linaria

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=774

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Linaria-canadensis-%252d-Canada-Toad%C2%A0Flax.html
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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: NARROWLEAF BLUE-EYED GRASS (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

spring blooming Wildflower that is not a grass but in the iris family.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/sisyrinchium-angustifolium

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Sisyrinchium+angustifolium

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=618

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: GLADE LOBELIA (Lobelia glandulosa)

Wildflower about 1-2 ft for moist to wet locations

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Lobeglan

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lobelia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3164

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLUE MISTFLOWER (Conoclinium coelestinum)

not to be confused with nonnative annual ageratum (Ageratum conyzoides) sold as a bedding plant for flower gardens.

Can be aggressive as it self seeds, but provides nectar for bees and butterflies, especially late in the season when not a lot of other things are blooming. Seeds are favored by birds.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/conoclinium-coelestinum

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=935

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Conoclinium-coelestinum-%252d-Blue-Mistflower.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: GLADE LOBELIA (Lobelia glandulosa)

Moist locations. about two foot tall, growing alongside my culvert.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Lobeglan

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lobelia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3164

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: LEMON BACOPA; BLUE WATERHYSSOP (Bacopa caroliniana)

Groundcover that likes it WET! New arrival in the culvert. crushed leaves smell lemony.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/bacopa-caroliniana

Larval host: White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Bacopa+caroliniana

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3118

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLUE MISTFLOWER (Conoclinium coelestinum)

not to be confused with nonnative annual ageratum (Ageratum conyzoides) sold as a bedding plant for flower gardens.

Can be aggressive, but provides nectar for bees and butterflies, especially late in the season when not a lot of other things are blooming. Seeds are favored by birds.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/conoclinium-coelestinum

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=935

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Conoclinium-coelestinum-%252d-Blue-Mistflower.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis)

This beauty popped up in the middle of the mowed area for the dogs. Self seeding. A favorite of pollinators.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ruellia-caroliniensis

Larval host: Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), and White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), butterflies

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=812

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: HELMET SKULLCAP (Scutellaria integrifolia)

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/scutellaria-integrifolia

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Scutellaria

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3494

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Scutellaria-integrifolia-%252d-Helmet-Skullcap.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CLASPING VENUS’ LOOKING-GLASS (Triodanis perfoliata)

Dainty, small, easily overlooked, except by the small bees who enjoy it.

Learn: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/venusx.htm

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Triodanis+perfoliata

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3389
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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: NARROWLEAF BLUE-EYED GRASS (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

pretty blue wildflower that is not a grass, but a member of the iris family. For moist locations.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Sisyangu

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Sisyrinchium+angustifolium

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=618

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: GRASSLEAF LETTUCE (Lactuca graminifolia)

Buds are just beginning to appear.

host for NATIVE BEES: Dianthidium floridiense and Halictus ligatus (according to Archbold Station)

Learn: http://journals.fcla.edu/mundi/article/view/24996/24327

Good for pollinators. cant find definitive answer re edibility other than most L. spp. are bitter.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lactuca

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3166

Bloom From Dec 2013:

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