Swamp Butterwort (Pinguicula planifolia, OBL) is listed as Threatened with the State. It typically occurs in frequently flooded areas around Florida's panhandle. Pictures were taken on a recent job near Crestview, FL.
White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus, FACU) also known as Old Man's Beard is a native shrub (5-20-ft tall). When in bloom (spring), it's drooping clusters of white blossoms demand attention. However, the rest of the time it can be difficult to find. We recently discovered some in bloom (pictured) while in the panhandle. It can be found throughout much of north and central Florida.
Bluestem Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora) or White Prickly Poppy can be found throughout much of Florida in well-drained, upland soils. It's low watering requirements and toxicity to wildlife make it a particularly good wild flower option for backyard gardeners with very sandy soils.
Well, perhaps not by popular demand but instead by increased availability caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to reintroduce the Verde "Native Plant of the Week" and "Invasive Species of the Month" posts. We are going to try to get these out on a regular basis again starting this week. Also, we are planning on adding an "Endangered/Threatened Species of the Month" series of posts to this blog. Hope everyone out there is staying safe and practicing social distancing like Mr. Pelican so we can get back to normal soon!
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