Jul. 1, 2018

orange, Citrus x sinensis

Florida's state flower is the sweet orange. No surprise there. It's an obvious example of one chosen for its economic value, limited to a particular state. While they don't call it a wildflower, oranges have gone wild in Florida and Louisiana. Up here in Michigan we prize other members of the rue family as food for giant swallowtail butterflies. Down in Florida, they do their best to keep those caterpillars away. Giant swallowtails do significant damage to citrus trees if left to multiply. Polk Co FL, 3/17/16.