Coreopsis Lanceolata- This 1-2ft tall wildflower is more commonly known as Lance-leaved tickseed. It grows best in wildflower beds and blooms a bright yellow flower in summer. It grows best in sandy soil. Pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects are attracted to this flower.
Mangrove Spider Lily- This is a large 2-4ft evergreen flower that produces a very fragrant white flower. It flowers from spring to fall and grows best in moist coastal beach and thicket areas. The sphinx moth is its most common pollinator but its fragrant smell also attracts other insects.
Sea-Oxeye Daisy- The sea-oxeye daisy grows on a 3-5ft bush; while it flowers year-round its peak flowering season is in the spring and summer. It’s best planted in clay or sand with full sun. Small mammals and birds love to eat the seeds and the bright yellow flower attracts various pollinators including the great southern white, the obscure skipper and other butterflies.
Porter Weed- This is a small but wide groundcover flower that is generally used in wildflower gardens with its bright blue and purple flowers. It grows best in limerock soils or sands with full sun to partial shade. Its bright flowers attract hummingbirds and many different pollinators including bees and butterflies. It is also a host plant for the tropical buckeye butterfly.
Virginia Spiderwort- The Virginia Spiderwort has either blue, white, or purple flowers that bloom in the spring-summer months. It grows to roughly 3ft in a variety of soils. It attracts many pollinators but most notably, honey and bumble bees. This wildflower is unique because its petals open in the early morning and close by mid-day.
Seaside Goldenrod- The seaside goldenrod is fairly small when it is not blooming, roughly 1-2ft, but in the summer and fall months its blooms can grow up to 6-8ft tall. These bright yellow blooms make a great addition to any sandy-soiled wildflower garden that has full sun or part shade. It attracts many different pollinators and its nectar provides for monarchs and other butterflies
Rouge Plant- The Rouge Plant is a 1-4ft tall shrub that is generally used for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. It is well liked because it blooms and produces fruit nearly all year round. It grows best in sandy soil with shade but can also grow with full or partial sun and loam. It has beautiful light pinkish-purple flowers pollinated by a myriad of insects with bright red berries that are eaten by birds.
Blue Curls– Used generally in wildflower and rock gardens, this relatively small plant, roughly 1-3ft, is noted for its vibrant blue flowers and good aroma. Moist sandy soil and full sun is where it grows best. The Forked Blue curls attract most pollinators but mainly bees.
Dotted Horsemint- The Dotted Horsemint makes a great addition to any wildflower or herb garden as well as making a good stand alone plant. It grows to be roughly 2-5ft and flowers a showy pink flower in the summer and fall. It grows best in moist sandy soils with full sun. Its flower fragrance not only attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and moths but also hummingbirds.
Yellowtop- The Yellowtop is a relatively small flowering plant with small bright yellow flowers that bloom year-round. It generally grows wider than it is tall and likes limestone and sandy soils with full sun the best. Yellowtop is a fantastic plant for any wildflower garden as it attracts many pollinators such as bees and butterflies including the Dorantes Longtail, Florida white, Three-spotted skipper, Large Orange Sulfur, and many more.
Adams Needle– The Adam’s needle, otherwise known as beargrass, is a 2-4ft shrub mainly used as natural landscape or a specimen shrub. It blooms a tall, showy white flower in the spring and serves as cover and food for small wildlife. It is a host for Yucca Giant Skipper butterflies and certain moths. It grows best in sandy soil with full to partial sun.
Twinflower- The Twinflower is a small flower, and is used for groundcover. It is known to attract larva for the common buckeye butterfly. It likes sand with light moist watering, and full to part shade.
Beach Verbena- The beach verbena is an endangered species grown in clay, sand, or loam with full sun and only grows to about 1ft. Most commonly used in wildflower and rock gardens, this beautiful year-round purple flower provides great nectar for common butterflies and is pollinated by many different kinds of bees.
Rosin Flower- This small flower is best used in wildflower gardens, as its showy yellow flowers are a pretty sight. It comes in at around 2-5 feet tall by 1-2 feet wide and enjoys moist loam or sand in full sun or part shade. It doesn’t like any salty or brackish water and has a low tolerance for salty wind or salt spray. The seeds are eaten by birds, and it attracts butterflies and bees. They bloom from early spring well into fall.
Dune Sunflower- The dune sunflower is a popular groundcover in sandy open environments since it aggressively self-seeds. It blooms for the majority of the year as long as it’s in full sun. It attracts all kinds of pollinators and serves as a crucial sand binder on coastlines. Additionally, its seeds attract insects and birds.
Frog fruit- Frogfruit is a low-growing groundcover that only grows about 6in tall but can expand to cover large areas. It can be used in place of turf in places that do not receive a lot of foot traffic. It blooms a small, beautiful white-purple flower year-round and grows best in clay, loam, and sandy soil with either full sun or part shade. It is a larval host for the common buckeye, phaon crescent, and white peacock butterflies as well as provides nectar for many other species of butterflies.
silk grass- Silkgrass is a roughly 2-3ft tall shrub-like wildflower best used in natural landscapes, wildflower and rock gardens. While it flowers from spring to fall its foliage will flatten out which makes it a decent groundcover in sandy soil. It can be used to neutralize soils and attracts both butterflies and bees.
Black Eyed Susan- The black-eyed susan, naturally found in meadows but finds a good home in wildflower gardens, is a 2-3ft tall wildflower that generally grows in small clusters. It grows in full sun and sand. The seeds are eaten by small birds such as finches and attract many important insects, bees and butterflies. It is a larval host for the silvery checkerspot, but only if it is grown in the extreme north of Florida.
stokes aster- The stokes’ aster is a small, 1-2ft, wildflower that can bloom in a variety of colors, either white, purple, lavender, or blue. It grows best in the more northern parts of Florida in either loam or sand with full sun or part shade. It can tolerate heat but its flowers do not bloom in the winter.