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Wildflower and Natural Areas Program

Jon Heller
MRP & Roadside Manager
Office of Maintenance
Tel: 850-410-5638

Jeff Caster
State Transportation
Landscape Architect
Tel: 850-414-5267

Ashley Binder
Landscape Architect
Tel: 850-414-4561

Wildflower Contacts

Florida Wildflowers

Welcome

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.

See History for a time line of events and organizations that helped to shape FDOT's Wildflower and Natural Areas Program.

Topics

 

News

WildFlower Program
Wildflower Procedure
History
 
WildFlower Areas
Preserving Natural Stands
Planting Plans
Turnpike Wildflowers
 
Other Topics
Seed Procurement
Pollinators
Reduced Mowing
Highway Landscape Links
Research Reports
Plant Range Maps
 
Considerations when Ordering Wildflower Seed and Preparing Planting Plans
Posted: December 12, 2015 
Prepared by Jeff Norcini, FDOT State Wildflower Specialist.
 
Florida Wildflower License Plate         (How to Purchase)
Posted: April 8, 2015
In 1997 FDOT invested $30,000 for State Wildflower tag legislation. The Florida Wildflower specialty license plate has been available since 2000, and proceeds support The Florida Wildflower Foundation. The FWF funds native wildflower research, planting and education in Florida.
 

Coreopsis, Florida's State Wildflower
Wildflowers

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.

 Click here to order the Coreopsis and other wildflower brochures

In Partnership With

Florida Federation of Garden clubs, Inc. Logo Florida Heritage Site - Florida's State Flower Logo Florida Museum of National History Logo Florida Wildflower Foundation Logo Florida's Wildflower License Plate Logo Logo