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Pale Meadowbeauty, Maryland Meadowbeauty
Family - Melastomataceae
Habitat - Savannahs, wet
prairie, marshes, wet pinelands.
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
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,
Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort
- Polygala cruciata L.
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.
- Liatris chapmanii
Family - Asteraceae
Habitat - Pinelands,
on 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, Short-leaf Gayfeather
- 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, Oakridge Lupine -
Family - Fabaceae
Sandhill, Pine Scrub, Oak Scrub
Perennial, Subshrub, Forb/Herb, to 3 feet in height, erect to
sprawling. Leaves oblong to elliptical, pubescent.
Clusters of whorled purplish-blue, 1/2 inch flowers produced on
many long racemes.
Blue-eyed grass - Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Family - Iridaceae
Habitat - River
and creek banks, hammocks, bogs, other moist sites
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
Grassleaf Roseling, Florida Scrub Roseling
- Callisia graminea
Habitat - Dry
Scrub, Scrubby flatwoods
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 L.
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.
Mint, Spotless Petal Balm - Dicerandra immaculata
Family - Lamiaceae
Habitat - Scrub, on white or yellow acidic sands.
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.
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