What Flowers Grow in Florida?

What Flowers Grow in Florida?
The warm weather the Florida allows an abundance of wildflowers to will grow in the "Sunshine State." These wildflowers include the coreopsis, which was made the state wildflower in 1991. Depending on where you are able to hike in Florida, you will have the opportunity to see different types of wildflowers.
 

By location

The white topped Pitcher plant is a rare flower species in Florida that can be found in the Panhandle region of the state. A flower called the Indian Blanket is now abundant over most of Florida despite being native to the states west of the Mississippi River. The Fringed Pink is an endangered wildflower found near Chattahoochee that blooms in April. St. John's wort can be found in swamps, bogs and wet woodlands. Roadside phlox can be seen along the majority of Florida highways during the spring months. The Celestial lily opens only in the afternoon and is best looked for in pine forests in the eastern portion of the Florida peninsula. The Coral bean is a Florida wildflower that grows in the coastal areas of the southern portion of the state and in certain inland spots in the North.

 
 

Flowers by color

The Bluejacket, Florida ironweed, Giant ironweed, Lyre Leaf Sage, West Indian Meadow Beauty, Winged Loosestrife, Slender Gayfeather, Pinkscale Gayfeather, Joe-pye weed and the Fringed Blue Star are all bluish to lavender in color wildflowers found in Florida. Yellow is represented by Goldenrod, Partridge peas, Yellowtops, Coreopsis, Yellow buttons, Narrow leaf sunflowers, Soft-hair coneflowers and Black-eyed susans. Downy phlox, Chapman's Gayfeather, Powder puffs, Oakleaf Fleabane, Firewheel, Standing Cyprus, Elliot's Aster and Butterfly weed range from red to pink.

State wildflower

In 1991 Florida designated the Coreopsis as the state wildflower after a vigorous campaign by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. This came about after the Coreopsis was used by the Department of Transportation to beautify the highways throughout Florida, using the garden clubs' input. The Coreopsis resembles a daisy and is about one inch in diameter. It has brown or purple middles with yellow rays, and this wildflower, native to Florida, blooms in the spring and the summer. It thrives in ditches and along the sides of the road as well as in damp areas. Also known as tickweed, the Coreopsis is a member of the aster family and provides much needed nectar for many species of butterflies in Florida.

 

Article Written By John Lindell

John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.