Re-create a natural wildflower environment by mixing different wild flowers in a meadow, under trees and around water features. Plant wildflowers in a perennial garden or in containers. Gardeners in North Florida can choose from wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors, giving them unlimited landscaping possibilities.
Eastern Blue-eyed Grass
Eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum Bickn.) is a member of the iris family, growing up to 20 inches tall and producing pale-green, grass-like leaves. Pale blue flowers with yellow centers grow in clusters at the top of flattened stems from March through July. Eastern blue-eyed grass grows in meadows, around the edges of marshes, in thin woods and along the shore. Plant in full sun and a wet soil.
Carolina Wild Petunia
Carolina wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) grows in the open woods and likes partial shade and a moist soil. The plant grows from 2 to 3 feet tall with oval-shaped leaves and light-purple, trumpet-shaped, flowers growing in clusters of just two or four from June through August.
Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is also known as blue mistflower, wild ageratum, pink eupatorium, hardy ageratum and blue boneset and is a member of the aster family. Pinkish-blue flowers grow as a ground cover with triangle-shaped leaves from 1 to 3 inches long on short stems. The flowers bloom in autumn growing in 2- to 4-inch wide flat clusters on 1- to 2-foot tall stems. Mistflower grows in floodplains, along the banks of ponds and streams and in fields and wet meadows. Plant in full sun or partial shade and a wet soil. Butterflies will stop by for the nectar.
Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridulum) is a member of the aster family. The plant grows from 1 to 5 feet tall with leaves 8 to 24 inches long and yellow or red-purple flowers. Yellow thistle is found growing on the edges of salt marshes and pastures, blooms from May through August and is a favorite of butterflies.
Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a member of the carrot family. The plant grow up to 6 feet tall with 1-inch, green-white, globe-shaped flowers and blue-green, spiny, yucca-like leaves. The flowers grow in clusters, bloom from May through August and develop a blueish tint as they mature. The plant is found in prairies, sandy roadsides and open woods. Plant rattlesnake master in full sun and a moist, well-drained soil.