The Florida Department of Transportation's Wildflower and Natural Areas
Program has its roots in the wildflower program created by FDOT in 1963. While
the core goals of FDOT's roadside wildflower initiatives -- improve aesthetics
and driver safety while lowering maintenance costs -- remain the same, FDOT has
increasingly recognized and placed additional importance on preserving naturally
occurring stands of wildflowers and remnants of native plant communities on
Florida's more than 12,000 miles of state-maintained roads.
These more recent efforts will help to facilitate the development of
roadsides into biological corridors comprised of a diverse mix of planted and
naturally occurring native flora that will increase habitat for pollinator
species while safely reducing the cost of managing roadside vegetation.
for a time line of events and organizations that helped to shape FDOT's
Wildflower and Natural Areas Program.
Coreopsis, Florida's State Wildflower
In 1991, the genus Coreopsis
was designated as Florida's Official State Wildflower. The state legislature
made this designation after the colorful flowers were used extensively in
Florida's roadside plantings and highway beautification programs.
here to order the Coreopsis and other wildflower