Florida native wildflower,
perennial forb/herb to 2 1/2 feet high. Leaves are sessile, elliptic
with entire margins to 1 1/2 inches long.
Flowers - Range in color
from pinkish to lavender or purple, occasionally white, 2 inches across,
from spring through fall.
Dixie Iris - Iris hexagona
Family - Iridaceae
Habitat - Margins of lakes, streams. Swamps, marshes.
Description - Native perennial Florida herb to about 3
feet high with bright green, erect, sword like leaves,
clump forming from rhizomes on wet, rich organic soils,
not salt or drought tolerant. Can be propagated from
seed or division.
Flower - Purple flowers produced in February, March
followed by a 6 ridged, beaked capsule containing flat,
Crossleaf Milkwort - Polygala cruciata
Family - Polygalaceae
Habitat - Wet pinewoods, wet prarie,
margins of freshwater marshes on sandy soils.
Description - Native. Annual,
Forb/herb. 4 to 6 inches high. Whorled linear leaves in groups of four.
Flower - 1 1/2 inch cluster of purplish-rose and white to whitish-green flowers.
Description - Lakela's mint, also known by the common names of
Spotless balm and Olga's mint is a rare and endangered plant
endemic to a two county area of Florida's Atlantic coastal ridge. Under 20 inches tall, this
member of the mint family has strong aromatic oils that deter
insect predation. Leaves are opposite, about an inch long with
in-rolled margins. Habit of growth is erect in full sun or light
shade, arched or sprawling when shaded. Flower is two
lipped, tubular with a rose-lavender color. Antlers are
exserted, spurred and white.
Chapman's Gayfeather - Liatris chapmanii
Family - Asteraceae
Habitat - Pinelands, dry to moderately moist sandy soils.
Description - Florida native perennial herb, basil leaves 2-6 inches
tall, to about 3 feet with flower stalk. An uncommon wildflower of South
Florida. 1 of 18 species of Liatris present in Florida, Chapman's
Gayfeather is a Butterfly nectar plant.
Blazing Star- Liatris tenuifolia
Family - Asteraceae
Habitat - Pinelands, Sandhill. Dry to moderately moist sandy soils.
Description - Florida native perennial herb, 6-8 inches tall, to 3 feet
or more when blooming.
Flower - Lavender bell shaped 1/4 inch flowers on long tufted spikes up to 30
inches in length.
Sky-blue Lupine - Lupinus diffusus
Family - Fabaceae
Habitat - Sandhill, Pine Scrub, Oak Scrub
Description - Perennial, Subshrub, Forb/Herb, to 3 feet in height, erect to
sprawling. Leaves oblong to elliptical, pubescent.
Flower - Clusters of whorled purplish-blue, 1/2 inch flowers produced on
many long racemes.
Habitat - River and creek banks, hammocks, bogs, other moist sites
Description - Perennial, clump forming grass like Forb/herb up to 24 inches in
Flower - 3/4 inch, violet-blue with yellow center, tips of petals pointed
Florida Scrub Roseling - Callisia graminea
Family - Commelinaceae
Habitat - Dry Scrub, Scrubby flatwoods
Description - Native, Endemic, Annual, Forb/Herb. Plant grows in grass-like
tufts 1 foot or less in height.
Flower - 3/4 inch 3 lobed rising on branched stalks above plant.
American Bluehearts, Common Bluehearts - Buchnera americana
Pinelands, Meadows, Bogs, Ruderal
This native wildflower is found throughout the state. Small (1/2 inch
diameter) blue or white 5 petal flowers with notched tips are produced on spikes from early spring through fall. Height to 24 inches with
lanceolate leaves, leaf margins are occasionally toothed. Grows in sandy soils
with a median amount of moisture.