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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED LOOSESTRIFE (Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum)

Likes it moist/wet. Loved by bees and other pollinators; hummingbirds. As can be seen in the photo below, Gray Hairstreak butterflies also find it enticing.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lythrum-alatum-var-lanceolatum

Larval host: Psyche casta (bagworm moth)

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3282

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/winging-it-for-pollinators/

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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

from 2013:

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PROCESSION FLOWER (Polygala incarnata)

Polygala incarnata

If you look carefully (zoom in) you’ll see a tiny spider waiting for dinner.

Easily overlooked until the pretty pink head blooms. A member of the Milkwort Family.

Learn: http://www.kswildflower.org/flower_details.php?flowerID=389

Where does it grow in Florida?:  http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3418

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

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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?: PINELAND WATERWILLOW (Justicia angusta)

New to my Florida Native Plant Life list. Discovered out at the front culvert.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/justicia-angusta
http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Justangu

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1065

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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?: TURKEY TANGLE FOGFRUIT; CAPEWEED (Phyla nodiflora)

Groundcover. Also called fRogfruit in some areas or matchsticks. really brings in pollinators of all kinds (shown Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus))

Larval host: Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon), White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) and Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia).

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/phyla-nodiflora

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3520

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/covering-the-ground-why-fight-mother-nature/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ROSY CAMPHORWEED (Pluchea baccharis)

Fragrant plant for moist to wet locations. Loved by butterflies and other pollinators such as this Five-banded Tiphiid Wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) (a parasitoids of white grubs)

synonym: P. rosea

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2500

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED LOOSESTRIFE (Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum)

Likes it moist/wet. Loved by bees and other pollinators; hummingbirds. As can be seen in the photo, Gray Hairstreak butterflies also find it enticing.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lythrum-alatum-var-lanceolatum

Larval host: Psyche casta (bagworm moth)

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3282

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/winging-it-for-pollinators/

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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?: LONGLEAF PINE TREE (Pinus palustris)

Huge cones 6-10 inches long. needles: 8-18 inches in length, 3 per bundle.

Wildlife value: “Longleaf pine forests provide excellent habitat for bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and fox squirrel. Sixty-eight species of birds utilize longleaf pine forests. Birds, and mice, squirrels, and other small mammals eat the large seeds. Ants eat germinating seeds, and razorback hogs eat the roots of seedlings. Old-growth longleaf pine stands provide nesting habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.” source:
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/pinpal/all.html

Learn: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/trees/Longleaf_pine/index.html

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3905

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/life-cycle-of-the-long-leaf-pine-tree/
http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/pines-trees-are-for-the-birds.html

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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?: HAIRY CHAFFHEAD (Carphephorus paniculatus)

Also known as DEERTONGUE.

Bud depicted. Eye-catching, tall (3ft). Attractive to butterflies and and other pollinators.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/carphephorus-paniculatus
http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Carppani

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3093

Bloom from Nov 2010

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