Florida Department of Transportation Wildflower
FDOT is a leader
in recognizing the values of native wildflowers
Department of Transportation (FDOT) initiated the Florida
Wildflower Program for state roadsides in 1963 as
the result of a contractor who bought some pasture grass
for a roadway project along SR19/US27, just south of
Tallahassee. Unknown to him at the time the pasture from
which this grass came from had been over seeded with
Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum) in previous years
by the farmer for winter cattle forage and to enrich the
pasture soil with nitrogen. Local lore has it that the
spring of 1963 was perfect for the clover to bloom spectacularly.
So spectacular was the site in fact that the FDOT was
inundated with telephone calls from folks asking the
name of the flower. Employees in the Florida
Department of Transportation did some research and it
all went from there.
FDOT is no longer able to provide wildflower seed,
posters, pamphlets, and related programs due to the
current state of emergency we are in, the planting of
wildflowers on state roads is expected to continue.
Management Office Wildflower Program;
Florida Wildflower Program Website