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Wildflowers of Florida are soft stemmed flowering plants that grow each year in many places including roadsides, forests, open grassy fields, along rivers, wetlands and other undisturbed areas. They add a colorful and pretty addition to a barren landscape or one that is often devoid of color. Wildflowers come in many different shapes and sizes but they are usually in the color groupings of white, yellow, orange, green, red, pink, purple and blue. The wildflowers I have photographed were taken near my home and in parks and preserves I have visited in S.W. Florida. The ecological benefits of wildflowers is the food they provide bees, insects and birds which keep them alive and thriving. Many of our food crops depend on bees to pollinate them which is necessary for them to grow and reproduce. Wildflowers also provide an important ecological benefit of producing oxygen for humans and animals to breathe and taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis.
The United States Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Forestry created a website devoted to promoting wildflowers and educating the public about their importance. The Dept. of Agriculture also created the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to promote the development of gardens that have plants and flowers that have nectar and pollen. The challenge is an effort to help stop the decline in pollinators such as bees and butterflies.