19 Nov

My favorite Florida plant is blooming now. Each fall the Garberia in a field near my house blooms and every insect for miles around gathers around it’s pretty clusters of lavender blooms. The small woody shrubs are about 3′ high and only bloom for a few weeks in the fall.

The Garberia is endemic to Florida and is a threatened species. Most of the plants near my house were bulldozed by the land owner – luckily this cluster on the roadside right-of-way survived. They prefer to grow in the white sand scrub areas of Florida – which also happens to be a developers preferred land as well.


Garberia heterophylla with Gulf Fritillary



Garberia with Whirlabout skippers






2 Responses to “Garberia”

  1. photographyfree4all November 19, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Beautiful flower and beautiful capture. I think a butterfly adds more beauty than any other insect! Great job!

    • j julian diaz December 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

      if its so threaten why are they still bulldozing them and why wont the state, county and city do something 2 preserve them or relocate them or even spread them 2 other parts of the state?

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