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Discover the best blooming fields of Florida

Wildflowers in Florida 2019 - Best Time
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From spring to late fall or even early winter is the time when wildflowers bloom all over Florida. Even on busy Interstates highways 75, 95, 4, and Florida’s Turnpike. Many of Florida’s spring wildflowers are large, showy flowers. Iris and Purple thistle are truly impressive when they bloom in bulk. However, some smaller flowers are not less beautiful if you look at them up close. Like beautiful Bay lobelia, which grows from Madison County to South Florida. Common blue violets grow all over the state in indirect sun and deciduous hardwood forests. Pineland daisy, Whitemouth dayflower and Canadian toadflax prefer to grow in the shaded forests.

Pineland daisy 2019
Pineland daisy

Some state parks are especially rich with blooming wildflowers. Visit Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in Copeland—the orchid and bromeliad capital of the continent. Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in Pensacola is a large wet prairie habitat of endangered white-top pitcher plants that bloom March through April.

Purple Iris 2019
Purple Iris
Purple Thistle Cirsium horridulum on the Long Pine Trail, Everglades National Park, FLorida 2019
Purple Thistle Cirsium horridulum on the Long Pine Trail, Everglades National Park, FLorida
Naples Botanical Garden 2019
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden 2019
Naples Botanical Garden
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