Throughout Florida, summer and fall are good times for wildflower viewing along roadsides. Native wildflowers are nectar and pollen sources for many types of insects, and the plants are teeming with these pollinators. Our pollinators need native wildflowers – and we need our native pollinators!
Only a small fraction of land in the United States has been undisturbed by human activity. That’s why providing habitat — food, shelter, and nesting areas for wildlife — in our urban landscapes is essential. Adding wildflowers and other native plants to our patios, gardens, and yards is a way to help support a diversity of beneficial insects and other small wildlife.
Depending on your region, wildflowers can be planted in Florida from mid-September through January for best germination. Having a variety of plants, with flowers of different colors, shapes, and sizes and different bloom times during the seasons is important to pollinators.