18 BLUE Wildflowers Found in Florida! (ID GUIDE)

Did you find a BLUE wildflower in Florida?

Common Blue Wildflowers in Florida

If so, I’m sure you’re wondering what type of wildflower you found! Luckily, you can use this guide to help you identify it. 🙂

 

Today, we will look at 18 common BLUE wildflowers in Florida.

 

You will notice a USDA Hardiness Zone for each blue wildflower in the article. This refers to areas of the US where plants do best, based on temperature. Here is a map showing the hardiness zones of Florida:

Hardiness Zones in Florida range from 1a to 13b.

18 types of BLUE wildflowers in Florida:

 


#1. Heal-All

  • Prunella vulgaris

Types of Blue Wildflowers found in Florida

Also known as Common Self-heal, Woundwort, Heart-of-the-earth, Carpenter’s Herb, Brownwort, or Blue Curls.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 6-12″ (15-30cm)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring-Late Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

 

This blue wildflower is one of the most common in Florida.

 

You will find this purplish-blue wildflower on roadsides, gardens, and on the edge of woodlands.

 

You can even EAT Heal-all! Some people use it in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a potherb. In addition, this mint plant has been used by many cultures to treat various physical ailments such as herpes, skin lesions, and throat remedies.

 

This plant attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. As a result, it is often used as a ground cover on border fronts, meadows, and naturalized landscapes.

 


#2. Bachelor’s Button

  • Centaurea cyanus

Blue Wildflowers species that live in Florida

Also known as Cornflower.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-4
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate mature size: 1-3′ (30-90cm)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring-Late Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Light Shade

 

I think this is one of the prettiest blue wildflowers in Florida.

 

This common plant is a magnet for butterflies. In addition, it’s excellent for cutting and drying.

 

The Bachelor’s Button flowers are daisy-like and virtually pest and disease-free. And can you believe they are also deer and drought tolerant?! I recommend this easy-to-grow plant for borders of flower beds or rock gardens.

 


#3. Chicory

  • Cichorium intybus

Types of Blue Wildflowers that live in Florida

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 1-4′ (30-120 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Summer, Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun

 

This non-native blue wildflower is found throughout Florida. Typically you will find this plant where it’s sunny and dry, so look for it along roads and open fields.

 

The exciting thing about Chicory is it is eatable. The leaves are high in vitamins and minerals. You can eat the leaves as a vegetable or in a salad, but beware, they are very bitter tasting. The roots can also be boiled and eaten with butter. Sometimes the root is roasted and ground as a substitute or additive to coffee.

 

Interestingly, Chicory flowers only bloom for ONE day. And in hot weather, the flower may only be open for a few hours!

 


#4. Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass

  • Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Common Florida Blue Wildflowers

Also known as Bermuda Blue-eyed Grass and Blue-eyed Grass.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-11
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 4-20″ (10-50 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring-Early Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

This blue wildflower is widespread and found throughout Florida. You will typically see this plant in moist meadows, damp fields, open woods, floodplain forests, sandy thickets, riverbanks, and roadsides.

 

The Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass is an excellent source of nectar and pollen. This makes this plant good for attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects. It also can attract songbirds because many birds eat these perennial seeds.

 


#5. Common Blue Violet

  • Viola sororia

common blue violet pic

Also known as Common Meadow Violet, Purple Violet, Woolly Blue Violet, Hooded Violet, and Wood Violet.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 6-10″ (15-25cm)
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Spring-Late Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

Some people consider this beautiful blue wildflower a weed in Florida!

 

Believe it or not, the Common Blue Violet can randomly start growing in the middle of your lawn. If it appears, it can attract mason bees, caterpillars, wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, doves, and ants. The ants are attracted to their seeds that are coated with protein.

 

Interestingly, this wildflower can self-fertilize inside the plant without opening. The seed capsules eventually turn upright, open, and SHOOT OUT their seeds as far as 9 feet away from the plant.

 


#6. Common Periwinkle

  • Vinca minor

common periwinkle pic

Also known as Lesser Periwinkle or Dwarf Periwinkle.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 4-6″ (10-15cm)
  • Bloom Time: Year-Round
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

 

The Common Periwinkle is not native to North America. Regardless, this perennial can attract bumblebees, Anthophorid Bees, Mason Bees, and bee flies.

 

This blue wildflower is often used as a ground cover in Florida. The main benefit is it’s deer resistant!

 


#7. Blue Toadflax

  • Nuttallanthus canadensis

blue toadflax pic

Also known as Canada Toadflax and Old-field Toadflax.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Annual or Biennial
  • Approximate mature size: 6-24″ (15-60 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Early Spring, Early Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

 

This blue wildflower prefers dry sandy soil in open areas such as grasslands, prairies, and roadsides in Florida.

 

Certain caterpillar species will eat this host plant’s leaves. In addition, bees and butterflies are attracted to the nectar of the Blue Toadflax.

 


#8. Pickerelweed

  • Pontederia cordata

pickerelweed pic

Also known as Heart-Leaved Pickerel Weed, Wampee, and Pickerel Rush.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial, Aquatic plant
  • Approximate mature size: 2-4′ (60-120cm)
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer-Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun

 

This blue wildflower is aquatic and grows in various wetlands, including Florida‘s ponds, streams, and lakes.

 

Pickerelweed will attract butterflies and bumblebees, which visit its blooms for nectar. Many ducks eat their seeds as well!

 


#9. Asiatic Dayflower

  • Commelina communis

Asiatic dayflower pic

Also known as Dayflower.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate mature size: 1-3′ (30-90 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

 

This blue wildflower is usually found only in metro areas in Florida. However, it often ends up in your garden from purchased bags of soil.

 

This plant’s flowers bloom only for one day, hence its name “Dayflower.” The Asiatic Dayflower is a host plant for the Pearl Cresent butterfly caterpillars.

 


#10. Blue Moon (Wild Blue Phlox)

  • Phlox divaricata

blue moon pic

Also known as Woodland Phlox, Sweet William’ Blue Moon’.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 10-20″ (25-50 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Spring, Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun

 

This fragrant blue wildflower has beautiful rich white or blue flowers, and its stems are often hairy and sticky to the touch.

 

The Blue Moon would be an excellent accent to your flower beds and borders. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds and are deer resistant.

 


#11. Blue Flag Iris

  • Iris versicolor

blue flag Iris pic

Also known as Harlequin Blue Flag, Larger Blue Flag, Northern Blue Flag, and Poison Flag.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Life Cycle: Perennial, Aquatic Plant
  • Approximate mature size: 2-3′ (60-90 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

You will see this blue wildflower in Florida along wetlands, sedge meadows, stream banks, and rivers.

 

Please take note! The Blue Flag Iris leaves, and roots are poisonous and cause stomach and intestinal inflammation. If you, your livestock, or a pet consumes this plant, please seek medical attention.

 


#12. Round-lobed Hepatica

  • Anemone Americana

round lobed hepatica pic

Also known as Roundleaf Liverleaf, Anemone Americana, American Liverwort, Liverleaf, and Anemone Hepatica.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 4-6″ (10-15 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Sun

 

This blue wildflower is found in Florida‘s dry shade of deciduous woods.

 

Look at each basal leaf with three round lobes rising from its thin hairy stalk to help identify it.

 

The Round-lobed Hepatica is rich in nectar and is an important food source for many pollinators. As the pollinated flowers lengthen and droop toward the ground, ants collect and disperse the seeds.

 


#13. Blue Mistflower

  • Conoclinium coelestinum

Blue Mistflower pic

Also known as Wild Ageratum, Hardy Ageratum, Blue Boneset, and Eupatorium coelestinum.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 12-36″ (30-91 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Year-round
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

The Blue Mistflower blooms will attract an enormous amount of bees and butterflies. However, be careful because this blue wildflower spreads rapidly and can become a nuisance.

 

Look for this blue wildflower in Florida‘s moist soils, wet meadows, ditches, pond margins, and woodland edges.

 


#14. Spiderwort

  • Tradescantia virginiana

spiderwort pic

Also known as the Virginia Spiderwort and Blue Jacket.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 10-24″ (25-61 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Spring, Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

In Florida, you will see Spiderwort on dry to medium but well-drained soils in fields, meadows, and woodland margins.

 

This perennial is great for a border for flower beds and is often an underutilized garden plant.

 


#15. Wild Lupine

  • Lupinus perennis

wild lupine pic

Also known as Wild Perennial Lupine, Wild Lupine, Sundial Lupine, Blue Lupine, Indian Beet, and Old Maid’s Bonnets.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 12-24″ (30-60 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

Wild Lupine prefers dry sandy soils in open woods and sandhills. Its seedpods open with such force that the seeds are ejected several feet away from the plant.

 

This blue wildflower is full of nectar and attracts many different birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and small mammals.

 

Wild Lupine is toxic to humans and animals if ingested in large quantities, so please be aware if you plant it in your yard.

 


#16. Eastern Blue Star

  • Amsonia tabernaemontana

Eastern blue Star pic

Also known as Blue Star, Willow Amsonia, Blue Dogbane, and Willow Blue Star.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 12-36″ (30-90 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

This blue wildflower thrives in moist soils in Florida that are not soggy. Once established, this plant is drought tolerant. You will find Eastern Blue Star in open woods and roadsides.

 

This virtually pest-free perennial will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. But beware, contact with the milky sap may cause skin irritation.

 


#17. Climbing Dayflower

  • Commelina diffusa

climbing dayflower pic

Also known as Spreading Dayflower.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-11
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate mature size: 6-24″ (15-60 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Year-round
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

 

Unfortunately, this pretty blue wildflower is a common weed in Florida. It spreads quickly, creeping along the ground, branching heavily, and rooting at the stem.

 

The exciting thing about this perennial is that the flowers have a blue dye in their petals extracted for paints. Sometimes it is used medicinally as an antifever and a diuretic.

 

The Climbing Dayflower attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. However, if you choose to include it in your garden, you may need to cut it back every year not to take over other plants.

 


#18. Virginia Iris

  • Iris virginica

virginia iris pic

Also known as Southern Blue Flag and Great Blue Flag.

Growing Information

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial, Aquatic Plant
  • Approximate mature size: 12-36″ (30-90 cm)
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

 

The Virginia Iris is found in various habitats such as open woods, meadows, freshwater marshes, and along lakes. This perennial performs best in full sun and wet soils.

 

This blue wildflower is a welcome addition to your lily pool or bog garden. It is pest and disease-free, and deer-resistant. However, please be aware that some people develop a rash after touching it.

 


Do you need more help identifying blue wildflowers in Florida?

 

Check out this guide!

 


Which of these blue wildflowers have you seen before in Florida?

 

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