No need to be jealous of your never-ending flower field Instagram feed. Florida has many hidden prairies that are worth the hike and road trip. Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks with the most wild scenic view for your next photo shoot.
The state park was home to early pioneers and Native Americans and it boasts arching palm trees, live oaks and the most incredible wildflower field. The flower field is covered in coreopsis, commonly known as Tickseed which is the official state wildflower of Florida.
You might want to make this spot a necessary stop during your next road trip, as the blooming flowers will not be there for long. The delicate flowers bloom in abundance in mid-May, at the Big Flats Marsh in Myakka River State Park, covering the field with bright yellow joy.
There are two types of coreopsis at Myakka State Park. The Coreopsis leavenworthii has a slightly larger flower, and it grows sporadically throughout the year, usually near seasonal ponds or on marshes along the river. The Coreopsis floridana has a slightly smaller flower blooming in late spring.
This is the perfect time to visit the flower field as the large bloom usually lasts about two to three weeks. After the blooming season, the flowers go to seed and remain dormant for the rest of the year until next blooming season.
It is recommended you bring your camera but abstain from bringing large equipment that could potentially damage the field. Also, be sure not to pick any flowers while you are there so you can help protect the environment and keep it as pristine as possible.
Myakka River State Park is located at 13208 State Road 72 Sarasota FL 34241.
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