Six on Saturday – Kissimmee Prairie Wildflowers

Last Saturday I took a day off from my garden and joined a wildflower walk in the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve in Central Florida. The Prairie is the last dry prairie in Florida, encompassing 54,000 acres and is grassland as far as the eye can see. There are three seasons of wildflowers in the prairie and the butterflies are reported to be spectacular. Last Saturday was too windy and overcast to see the butterflies, though I did see amazing wildflowers. The flowers in the photo are Whitetop Sedge and Black Eyed Susans.

We saw several types of Milkworts, this is Yellow Milkwort (Polygala rugelli). Native Americans used this as a snakebite remedy.

This is Purple Milkwort (Polygala cruciata, I think) there are a lot of Milkworts. These are also called Drumheads.

Yet another Milkwort, these are commonly called Swamp Cheetos.

This is a Rhexia virginica, a Meadow Beauty. I think the common name is right.

A Purple Thistle (Cirsium horridulum) This this is a bit sharp, but a wonderful butterfly host and nectar plant. For some reason I have the much less attractive Yellow Thistle in my yard. It is usually asked to leave the garden.

That concludes my wildflower adventure from last Saturday. To see more Six on Saturday posts visit Jon at

Happy Gardening!


25 comments on “Six on Saturday – Kissimmee Prairie Wildflowers

  1. Those are some pretty flowers. It is hard to pick a favorite, but I do like the name Swamp Cheetos.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of your little excursion. Such beauty. I am tickled by the name ‘Swamp Cheetos’. The purple thistle reminds me of my husband’s purposely cultivated weed garden which featured a few native thistle and milkweed plants. He was pretty proud of his beautiful weeds, but soon lost interest in taking care of the garden. Promises of not letting the plants spread to my more manicured flowerbeds were difficult (impossible) to keep. While I was less than enamored, the butterflies sure loved his garden offerings.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Talk about precious! Nice to see some land set aside for nature, as FL is pretty well developed and wild parks never seem to be very common. Thanks for posting about your visit!

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  4. Roguegarden says:

    What a lovely view of a Florida wild space and several native plants that I am seeing for the first time. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Amazing milkwort, something I’ve not heard of before.

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  6. Oh my goodness, what wonderful flowers, most of which are totally new to me. The prairie must be an amazing sight in real life, and butterflies as well!

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  7. Paddy Tobin says:

    What a fabulous area to have near you.

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  8. How fascinating – I didn’t know you had prairies in Florida!

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  9. fredgardener says:

    What beautiful blooms in your prairies … thanks for sharing them. “Prairie” is also use in French. ( same name ) (but not such beautiful flowers)

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  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It’s always good to hear about these precious areas being set aside for all to enjoy. What an interesting collection of flowers, all new to me. I think I’d want more than milkwort for a snakebite though!

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  11. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Swamp Cheetos’, that’s funny. There was a banana slug that lived under the porch at my Pa’s home in Montara who was named Cheeto. Other slugs came and went, but Cheeto seemed to stay there for at least a few weeks.

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  12. Megan Hall says:

    Love the idea of that extensive grassland.

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  13. Cathy says:

    It’s lovely to see what grows wild in your region. Also good to hear that such a large area of land is protected. 😃

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