Archive | May, 2011

Florida Flame Azalea

31 May

This beautiful flowering shrub is considered endangered in its native Florida panhandle. Lucky for us though, it can be easily found at nurseries specializing in Florida natives. This photo was taken in north central Florida at a garden center (so it is possible this is a hybrid variety). It was heaven to be amid the thousands (millions?) of orange blossoms.

Florida Flame Azalea - Rhododendron austinum

 

 

Bastard False Indigo

24 May

This large flowering shrub can grow upwards of 10′ or more. It is leafless during the winter, then sprouts out with new leaves in spring. The purple spikes of flowers also appear in spring attracting many insects & butterflies. It normally grows in moist areas in the wild, but can adapt to home garden conditions. An added bonus – it is the host plant for both the southern dogface sulphur and the silver-spotted skipper butterflies.

Bastard False Indigo - Amorpha fruticosa

Rockrose

4 May

This native yellow flower can be found in the dry scrub areas throughout mid & south Florida. Also known as Florida Scrub Frostweed this small plant grows to about 15″ tall and blooms in Spring & Summer.

Rockrose / Florida Scrub Frostweed - Helianthemum nashii

Yellow Hatpins

3 May

Yellow Hatpins aka Bantam-buttons grow in moist pinelands, ditches and marshes. The name hatpins describes the flower and stem perfectly. Long 12″ spikes with little yellowish-white flowers sprout from the grass like plant.

Yellow Hatpins - Syngonanthus flavidulus

Butterweed

2 May

This annual flower likes to grow in moist soils, so it is usually found near wetlands, wet prairies, ditches and marshy forest edges. In early spring it sprouts up to about 2′ tall with clusters of buttery yellow flowers.

Butterweed - Packera glabella