Wildflower Garden

Our Wildflower Garden includes plants that were part of the “Old Florida” natural landscape. The wildflowers in this garden are native to our local environmental conditions. Most of these wildflowers are perennials and will bloom only at certain times of the year.

Native wildflowers require less water than other plants. Florida’s most valuable resource is water, making native wildflowers a good choice for your garden. Wildflowers are easy to grow, and they attract and nourish wildlife, including birds, bees, beneficial insects, and butterflies. Wildflowers also improve soil health, prevent erosion and improve water quality.

Wildflower gardening can be extremely rewarding. Plant some wildflowers and you will be making a positive impact on our local ecosystem. 

Plants Suitable for a Wildflower Garden in Sarasota County
Courtesy of Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead
Common name Scientific name Description
Snow squarestem Melanthera nivea FL native
Wild Pennyroyal Philoblphis rigida FL native
Starry rosinweed Silphium asteriscus FL native
Chapmans goldenrod Solidago odora var. chapmanii FL native
Lyreleaf sage Salvia lyrata FL native
False rosemary Conradina canescens FL native
Blazing star Liatris spicata FL native
Whorled milkweed Asclepias verticillata FL native
Calamint Calamintha ashei FL native
Blue Porterweed Stachtarpheta jamaicensis FL native
Darrows blueberry Vaccinium darrowii FL native
Manyflower beardtongue Euphydryas phaeton FL native
Silkgrass Pityopsis graminifolia FL native
Vanilla (Vanillaleaf) plant Carphephorus adoratissimus FL native
Tampa verbena Verbena tampensis FL native
Carolina wild petunia Ruellia caroliniensis FL native
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