A field of Phlox wildflowers on Dora Drive just south of Mount Dora (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
Every spring, as if to celebrate the season, local fields are awash in purple, yellow and orange blooms. The season is brief because many of the roadside fields get mowed and the temperatures quickly heat up, but the flowers are beautiful to take in while they last.
The most common flowers are the purple phlox and the yellow Coreopsis, Florida’s official wildflower which looks similar to a small daisy sprinkled among many fields and roadways. You can also spot wild petunias, and wild lantana shrubs,
One of the best ways to enjoy the blooms is by taking a country drive down some of the area’s scenic roads. Here’s a list of some of the stretches that often have some of the best blooming wildflowers, so check them out before the fields are mowed:
S.R. 46 between Mount Dora and Mount Plymouth
Dora Drive, just south of the end of Clayton Street and Beauclaire Rd. (Tangerine)
S.R. 44A between Estes Road and Lake May Preserve (Eustis)
If you've spotted fields of flowers on other local roads recently, please add them in the comments below so other readers can enjoy.
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