October is Wildflower Month in Florida
October is Wildflower Season in Florida

Now is the time to set out on your favorite trail and see what is in bloom because October is Wildflower Month in Florida.

Bike, hike or kayak anywhere outdoors this month and you are sure to see an explosion of colors.

Gator Creek Reserve  (just to the south of Dade City on 98) has a stand of native sunflowers that is just begging to be photographed and attracts all types of pollinators. With over 6 miles of trails to explore you can really see how beautiful fall can be in Florida. You will see Butterfly Weed, Florida Paintbrush and PawPaws showing off on the Upper Hillsborough Preserve Trails. Tall, thin, Dense Blazing Star), sprays of Goldenrod and white feathery saltbush can be found in many places along the Withlacoochee State (bike) Trail. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for water crossings on the trails, stay hydrated, and keep your insect repellent at hand.

October is Wildflower Month in Florida

If you want to enjoy some of the beauty that fall has brought us but do not want to venture off into the wilds plan a visit to the Dade City Garden Club and check out their  nearly 3 acres of gardens. Don’t forget to check out the Monarch Festival  October 22nd!

October is Wildflower Month in Florida

There is even more wildflowers to see at the Pioneer Florida Museum and  Village. The museum has a beautiful garden right at their front door! With the cool refreshing weather that has pushed down into our area now is the perfect time to get outdoors! You will find many organizations and state parks leading guided wildflower walks online.

Learn more about our native wildflowers at Florida Wildflower Foundation https://www.flawildflowers.org/explore/