47 Best Native Florida Flowers

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Want to know about Native Florida Flowers? Keep on reading to find out the perfect blooms for the sunshine state!

Do you live in Florida and looking for blooms that can grow really well all year round in its tropical climate? These native options are your best bet!

Native Florida Flowers

1. Beach Sunflower

Botanical Name: Helianthus debilis

USDA Zones: 8-10

As the name suggests, the ‘beach’ suffix on the plant’s name indicates where it is commonly spotted, and grows well. The yellow blooms are its highlight!

2. Black-Eyed Susan

Botanical Name: Rudbeckia hirta

USDA Zones: 3-9

Another popular plant with canary flowers, this one stands out with its contrasting combination and blooms from midsummer to fall.

3. Blazing Star

Botanical Name: Liatris spicata

USDA Zones: 8-10

With flowers growing on tall spikes, this Florida native does really well in its climate and blossoms in pink and purple colors. It is also a pollinator magnet.

4. Blue Flag Iris


Botanical Name: Iris virginica

USDA Zones: 3-9

A standout plant with blue-purple flowers, this one grows really well in the typical tropical climate of the state and blossoms well in plenty of sunlight.

5. Carolina Jessamine


Botanical Name: Gelsemium sempervirens

USDA Zones: 7-9

Looks like Florida is home to many yellow flowers as this one is a now fifth on the list! Its trumpet like blooms blossom in late winter and early spring.

6. Red Columbine

Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis

USDA Zones: 3-8

It produces clusters of red flowers that grow the best in warm weather and bright, indirect sunlight. Do make sure to use a well-draining growing medium for this one.

7. Coral Honeysuckle

Botanical Name: Lonicera sempervirens

USDA Zones: 4-9

If you want a climbing specimen for your garden, this will not disappoint. It grows clusters of red-orange flowers that blossom in late spring and summer.

8. Coreopsis

Botanical Name: Coreopsis florida

USDA Zones: 4-9

Yet another canary plant on this list, it stays low on the ground, which makes it a perfect pick for the borders in the garden. It flowers from spring to fall.

9. Elliott’s Aster


Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum elliottii

USDA Zones: 8-11

If you want flowers that look different from the rest, this is the one to pick! Its daisy-like blossoms bloom in late summer and early fall.

10. Gaillardia

Botanical Name: Gaillardia pulchella

USDA Zones: 5-9

Colorful and bright, gaillardia does well in the warm climate and grows well in the mix of shade and sun. Use a well draining soil for best growth.

11. Giant Ironweed


Botanical Name: Vernonia gigantea

USDA Zones: 5-9

This towering plant is great to add some visual drama to the garden, which it does quite well, thanks to its deep purple flowers that bloom best in full sun.

12. Passion Flower

Botanical Name: Passiflora incarnata

USDA Zones: 6-10

We all know this on and probably have on in our garden, too. It grows clusters of flowers that bloom in summer and fall.

13. Pink Sundew


Botanical Name: Drosera capillaris

USDA Zones: 8-10

This is the most quirky one you can spot in Florida and that’s because it is a carnivorous plant. It grows pink flowers in spring and summer.

14. Powderpuff Mimosa

Botanical Name: Mimosa strigillosa

USDA Zones: 8-10

This ground-covering specimen produces clusters of flowers that look like collection of small cotton balls from a distance. It blossoms in summer and fall.

15. Prickly Pear


Botanical Name: Opuntia humifusa

USDA Zones: 4-10

A cacti that we all love for its beautiful yellow flowers! This Florida native grows best in the state’s environment and you must not miss this!

16. Purple Coneflower

Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea

USDA Zones: 3-8

If you like the combination of pink and purple, this one wouldn’t disappoint with its clusters of towering blooms. It grows well in containers, too.

17. Railroad Vine

Botanical Name: Ipomoea pes-caprae

USDA Zones: 9-11

A wild one on the list that you can spot along the roadsides. It is really easy to look after and blooms pink flowers in spring and summer.

18. Scarlet Milkweed


Botanical Name: Asclepias curassavica

USDA Zones: 4-10

With the right combination of green foliage and bright orange flowers, this is the summer champion that grows really well in warm and sunny climates.

19. Scarlet Sage

Botanical Name: Salvia coccinea

USDA Zones: 7-11

If red is your color, you need to have this plant in your collection, which also happens to be the pollinator’s favorite! It blooms from spring to fall.

20. Simpson’s Stopper

Botanical name: Myrcianthes fragrans

USDA Zones: 8-11

The white flowers of this plant appear so good, you might mistake it for a fake one! A must-have for patios or near the entrance of the home.

21. Spiderwort


Botanical Name: Tradescantia ohiensis

USDA Zones: 4-12

Purple and beautiful, this plant blooms flowers in clusters and does well in full sun. It is also easy to look after as long as you water it regularly.

22. Swamp Lily

Botanical Name: Crinum Americanum

USDA Zones: 7-11

These are quite a common spotting along the marshy areas of the state. The plant grows slender white flowers that are also fragrant.

23. Swamp Mallow


Botanical Name: Hibiscus coccineus

USDA Zones: 8-10

Another plant that loves to grow in the wet regions, this Florida native blooms from summer to fall, producing pink or white flowers.

24. Swamp Sunflower


Botanical Name: Helianthus angustifolius

USDA Zones: 5-9

You can call these miniature sunflowers as they look as beautiful, just they come in small size! This is one of the best plants to attract butterflies.

25. Tickseed


Botanical Name: Coreopsis

USDA Zones: 4-10

If you want to cover the bottom side of your fence with blooms, this one will do the job in a low-maintenance way! It blooms throughout the year.

26. Wax Myrtle


Botanical Name: Myrica cerifera

USDA Zones: 7-10

The flowers of this plant are not only bright, they are also fragrant, which makes it one of the must-haves on this list of Florida native flowers!

27. Wild Coffee

Botanical Name: Psychotria nervosa

USDA Zones: 9-11

This is a low growing shrub that can also make for a good border plant, thanks to its dense growth habit. It produces white flowers that turn into red berries.

28. Bog White Violet


Botanical Name: Viola lanceolata

USDA Zones: 2-8

The white flowers of this plant are not significantly large and stay small. You can easily spot it in the wetland areas throughout Florida.

29. Blue Violet

Botanical Name: Viola sororia

USDA Zones: 3-9

This one has the subtle combination of white and blue on the petals, that matches with its bright green foliage. It blooms in the spring and summer.

30. Walter’s Violet


Botanical Name: Viola Walteri

USDA Zones: 5-8

Perfectly purple and beautiful, this low-growing plant will look great if grown in clusters on the borders. It blooms abundantly in spring.

31. Butterfly Orchid


Botanical Name: Encyclia tampensis

USDA Zones: 8-11

Yes! They do have their own native orchid in Florida! It grows delicate white-yellow flowers that may also come in hues of purple or pink.

32. Ghost Orchid

Botanical Name: Dendrophylax lindenii

USDA Zones: 10-11

Another orchid from Florida, this one grows selective flowers in white that have a very delicate appearance. You can spot these on the bark of trees in the wild.

33. Spider Orchid


Botanical Name: O. fuciflora

USDA Zones: 8-10

Has to be one of the most beautiful orchids from Florida, it has unique brown spots and markings on its yellow petals. It blooms in summer.

34. Azaleas

Botanical Name: Rhododendron

USDA Zones: 5-9

If you didn’t know, azaleas are from Florida! These striking plants get covered with flowers from spring to summer and come in the hues of pink, red, and white.

35. Bahama Cassia

Botanical Name: Cassia bahamensis

USDA Zones: 10-11

Yes, another yellow flower that you can’t miss! This one grows them in clusters and does well in bright light. It is also a good plant to attract pollinators.

36. Beautyberry


Botanical Name: Callicarpa americana

USDA Zones: 6-10

This native Florida flower grows cylindrical flowers that have a deep purple hue. These match really well with its light green to deep foliage.

37. Coral Bean

Botanical Name: Erythrina herbacea

USDA Zones: 8-11

These red flowers are a sight to behold when the plant is in full glory of them in spring and summer. It grows best in full sun.

38. Firebush


Botanical Name: Hamelia patens

USDA Zones: 9-10

Fiery and striking are the words that define this Florida beauty! Its red and orange flowers are a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies.

39. Jamaica Caper


Botanical Name: Capparis cynophallophora

USDA Zones: 10-11

A tall bush that will also act as a great privacy screen, it produces clusters of pink and white flowers that also carry a sweet fragrance.

40. Marlberry

Botanical Name: Ardisia escallonioides

USDA Zones: 9-11

Don’t confuse it with mulberry; this is a small sized shrub that grows small, white, or pink flowers in late fall and winter.

41. Oakleaf Hydrangea

Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia

USDA Zones: 5-9

We all love different types of hydrangeas and this one stands out with its white, cone like flowers that the plant gets full with in summer and fall.

42. Star Anise


Botanical Names: Illicium Floridanum

USDA Zones: 7-10

Another stubby plant that showcases clusters of white flowers in spring and summer, this also produces aromatic seeds that taste amazing in Asian cuisines.

43. Walter’s Viburnum

Botanical Name: Viburnum obovatum

USDA Zones: 7a-10b

If you want a living bouquet to grace your garden, this Florida native would not disappoint. It produces fragrant white flowers.

44. Chickasaw Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus angustifolia

USDA Zones: 5-9

A small tree, it gets covered with elongated white flowers in the spring, followed by red plums in the summer.

45. Eastern Redbud


Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis

USDA Zones: 4-9

This one is the most striking one on this list, and that’s due to the bright pink flowers it gets covered with in early spring.

46. Red Buckeye

Botanical Name: Aesculus pavia

USDA Zones: 4-8

Short and sweet, you can keep it pruned to suit your height choice and it will keep on blooming red flowers throughout spring.

47. Southern Magnolia

Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora

USDA Zones: 6-10

If you want a teller specimen that stands out with deep green foliage and contrasting white flowers, this is it! It will be in bloom throughout summer.

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