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.




WildFlower Program
Wildflower Procedure
WildFlower Areas
Preserving Natural Stands
Planting Plans
Turnpike Wildflowers
Other Topics
Seed Procurement
Reduced Mowing
Highway Landscape Links
Research Reports
Plant Range Maps
Mowing To Conserve Roadside Wildflowers: Timing is Everything
Safety Effects of Reduced Mowing
Considerations when Ordering Wildflower Seed and Preparing Planting Plans
Prepared by Jeff Norcini, FDOT State Wildflower Specialist.
Florida Wildflower License Plate         (How to Purchase)
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

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

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