It’s the Sunshine state surrounded by water and filled with rivers and lakes. Florida easily fits into the category of a flower paradise. Florida’s tropical climate makes it a great state for discovering flowers found nowhere else in the continental United States. Case in point, Florida is the orchid capital of the United States.
Florida’s state tree, the cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto) ad state flower, the orange blossom (Citrus sinensis) are additional ways to highlight the uniqueness of Florida fauna.
Flower species often inhabit multiple states, so if your flower is not listed here, please click on link to flowers and browse through all the listings to see what might catch your eye. Also, all four PDFs provided in the guide open easily with the click of a button. Right click on the mouse or click the download button on a mobile device to save it for future reference.
When it comes to providing Florida landscaping tips, the book A Guide to Florida Friendly Landscaping need to be the go to book for Florida residents new and old. The one hundred plus page book, organizes its suggestions around nine environmentally friendly principles.
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Recycle Yard Waste
- Reduce Stormwater Runoff
- Protect the Waterfront
Florida algal blooms making national media attention explains the importance of Floridians paying close attention to the water and fertilizer use and why those topics take up four of the nice principles. While larger agriculture enterprises account for the most severe algal blooms attributed to point source pollution within the state, state residents who over water and over fertilize amplify the effects due to the sheer number of Floridians who seek nicely landscaped properties.
The book is light on plant choices. Nonetheless, coupled with the booklet Florida Friendly Plant List, and eighty page garden guide to trees, shrubs and flowering plants suited to all Floridians, a Florida gardener is almost ready to go. The guide starts by dividing Florida into three USDA cold hardiness zones, north, central and south. It also provides soil and light requirements for each plant as well as plant characteristics such as size and benefits for local wildlife. For example, with respect to the state tree, the Sabal Palmetto, it says,
FL’s state tree; adapted to most landscapes; white flowers, summer; watch for weevils/scale/ganoderma butt rot; high wind resistance; older palms transplant easily; fruit important to wildlife
With over four hundred trees, shrubs, flowers, vines and grasses covered it ranks as a comprehensive guide to Florida fauna. While the large number of suggestions lack accompanying pictures, the booklet is a great go to resource for basic fauna information.
For all the talk about comprehensive landscaping advice, many Floridians, like many Americans, only want to know about flowers for their gardens. Fair enough. The publication Perennials For Central Florida provides a quick look at some very common and not so common flowers suited to the area. Common garden flowers such as Black-eyed Susans and less common flowers such as the pictured Red Penta are covered. It also includes basic garden preparation and pest management practices along with flower characteristics such as height, flower color and soil and light requirements.
Gardeners interested in working with native plants might want to check out Guide for Choosing Native Wildflowers and Plants. It provides similar information as the Central Florida guide, however the seventy or so flowers covered are suited to one or more of the three Florida USDA zones. Interested in a Florida butterfly garden? The pamphlet also provides information covering plants that make great butterfly nectar plants.
Finally, no resource on Florida flowers would be complete without a word on annuals. Flowers are big business in Florida, and gardeners flock to local plant nurseries throughout the year to purchase the season’s annuals. The pamphlet, Florida Annuals provides basics for fifty Florida annuals. It also provides advice covering issues such as how gardeners can best cope with the typically sandy soils and insect pests.
Gratography members can easily contribute to our flowers section. The most difficult decision might be choosing a favorite flowers category. Press any of the gray buttons at the bottom of the page to browse the wildflowers and garden flowers of the state. Register today and start posting flower pictures. today in order to get started.
Visitors are encouraged to spend some time browsing the state’s wildflowers and garden flowers. One final button comment. Press the green state button at the top of the page to discover all the topics open to member participation. Pressing the green button on the left leads to information suited to answering basic flower identification questions.