Florida Wildflower and Butterfly Garden

Visit the native wildflower garden on the west side of the Museum for ideas on transforming your yard into an inviting and colorful, yet practical and water-saving haven for butterflies and other pollinators.



  • Life Cycles in Your Garden
    Start or finish your tour with this display inside the Museum near the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit entrance. The display showcases four butterflies, the plants they use and how both change over the seasons.
  • The Garden Path
    Follow the winding path through plantings of diverse native wildflowers and observe butterflies and other insects in action. Each season brings new surprises.
  • Learn as You Stroll
    Interpretive panels along the route feature stories about Florida butterflies, native plants and how plants support the butterfly life cycle.


Did you know?

  • Florida’s state wildflower is the Coreopsis, a great nectar source for butterflies. Thirteen Coreopsis species occur in Florida. Most have bright yellow, daisy-like flowers.
  • Florida is home to more than 180 species of butterflies and about 2,500 species of plants that are native, or naturally occurring.
  • The Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charitonius, is Florida's state butterfly. The adult butterfly can live up to several months, much longer than many other species. Its caterpillars feast on the Purple Passionflower.


Visitors enjoying a tour of the Florida wildflower & butterfly garden

Explore the garden throughout the year to enjoy new discoveries each season.

Related Resources


Butterfly Brochures

Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies

Monarchs & Milkweeds (side 1), Butterfly Larvae & Host Plants (side 2):

To receive printed copies of the Monarchs & Milkweeds brochure, contact Christine Eliazar at celiazar@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-392-5894. Please include your name, mailing address, quantity desired and intended purpose for the brochures. The Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies brochure is currently out of stock, but a reprinting is expected in September, 2016.


We thank our sponsors!

  • The State of Florida
  • Florida Wildflower Foundation, Inc.