Groundcovers and Wildflowers
Click on the images to enlarge. May all your weeds be wildflowers!
Asclepias spp. (Milkweed)
Its bright orange to yellow flowers make this wildflower a great butterfly attractor. The seeds are easily propagated and dispersed by the wind. It is not native to Florida, but a must have for any butterfly enthusiast.
Salvia coccinea (Tropical Sage) – its flowers are bright red. Sometimes the red will cross with the white and you will see flowers ranging from pink to coral. Tropical Sage is a great butterfly and hummingbird attractor. It will reseed itself easily and is a Florida native.
Lantana involucrata (Wild Sage) is a small shrub, which can get to 4’ and should not be used as a groundcover. The flowers are white and the fruit is purple. It attracts birds, butterflies and skippers. It is native to Florida.
Solidago spp. (Goldenrod) has yellow spike flowers. It flowers in the winter for a long period and I feel it looks best when massed together. The flowers stalks can reach 2’or more. There are many different species of goldenrod that are native to Florida.
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed-Grass) is a small tight growing cold tolerant ground cover. It flowers in the spring and can be used as a border plant. It is native to Florida.
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (Blue Porterweed) can be planted in sun to partial shade. It is a bit cold sensitive, but unusually reseeds itself in the spring. It flowers year round and is a great butterfly attractor. It is a Florida native.
Helianthus debilis (Beach Dune Sunflower) needs to be planted in full sun. It has small sunflower looking flowers and flowers year round. It will reseed itself and spread. It is drought and salt tolerant and is a Florida native.
Phyla nodiflora (Match Stick, Creeping Charlie) is a low growing ground cover that grows in many lawns. It is a good butterfly nectar plant and is a Florida native.
Pentas spp. (Red Pentas) attract butterflies and may grow as a low ground cover or be upright up to 3 feet tall.