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What Flowers Are Native to Florida?

By Tarah Damask ; Updated September 21, 2017
Many native flowers to Florida are vivid in color.

The main factor associated with plants springing forth from the Florida turf is climate. Native Floridian flowers thrive in Florida's high heat and humidity, mild winters and sandy soil. Since a majority of the state is sub-tropical and tropical, many native flowers display the bold, bright colors typical of the tropic regions.

Canna Lily

A single canna lily

Canna lily (Canna spp.) is a native perennial flower in Florida. Displaying bright yellow and deep orange flowers, the canna lily plant thrives in full sun to partial shade, has medium drought tolerance, prefers acid to alkaline soil and grows to a height of 2 to 6 feet. Canna lily comes in many cultivars and is not salt tolerant, says Florida Yards.

Purple Coneflower

Purple coneflower blossom

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are native perennial flowers to Florida. Displaying vivid purple flowers with orange centers, the purple coneflower plant thrives in partial sun to full shade, has high drought tolerance, low to zero salt tolerance, prefers slightly acid to alkaline soil and grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet. Purple coneflowers are mildly tolerant to wet soil.

Blue Flag Iris

Blue flag iris (Iris virginica) is a native perennial flowers to Florida. Displaying flowers in blue/lavender with yellow-centered petals, the blue flag iris plant thrives in partial sun to partial shade, has medium drought tolerance, low to zero salt tolerance, prefers acid to slightly acid soil and grows to a height of 4 to 7 feet. This native flower to Florida is well-suited to wet sites.

Crinum Lily

Crinum lily (Crinum spp.) is a native perennial flower to Florida. Displaying dark pink and white-striped flowers, the crinum lily plant thrives in full sun to partial shade, has medium drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance, prefers slightly acid to slightly alkaline soil and grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet. Crinum lily comes in many cultivars and is susceptible to diseases and pests such as leaf spots and caterpillars.

 

About the Author

 

Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.