Who doesn’t need more flowers in their life?
Native wildflowers are beautiful and provide critical sources of pollen, nectar, and larval food for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators, including the honeybee. In the past, limited availability of plants and the lack of information on how to grow and maintain them have prevented professionals and gardeners from using native wildflowers in the landscape.
No longer! Florida’s native plant growers have significantly increased the variety and quality of wildflower species now available. This class provides the information needed to begin successfully using them.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture: Course # 0011359, 1 optional CE.
FNGLA: 1 credit for FNGLA certified horticulture or landscape professional.
The instructor will present detailed information on 20 genera of Florida native wildflowers including many species suitable for a variety of locations and growing conditions: Asclepias, Conradina, Coreopsis, Chrysopsis, Gaillardia, Liatris, Scutellaria, Dyschoriste, Helianthus, Monarda, Pityopsis, Rudbeckia, Ruellia, Salvia, Solidago, Silphium, Glandularia, Cassia, Hypericum and Symphyotrichum.
For each species, the instructor will review:
Detailed descriptions will include plant form through growing, flowering, and seeding, dormancy if present and the ecosystem where plant is naturally found. A plant’s native ecosystem can be correlated with desired site conditions such as light, soils, moisture, and salt and drought tolerance. Some species are adapted to a range of conditions. Spacing, massing, mulching, container size, and even seeding tips will be included in addition to notes for watering, fertilizing, pest control (if desired or needed), pruning, winter care, wind protection, cautions on confusing similar exotic species and other interesting information.
Some plant species are specific larval hosts for butterflies and others are used for harvesting nectar and pollen. The instructor will talk about how a plant may be a generalist for many pollinators or specific for some.This class is being presented in partnership with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, as part of a project funded by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.