One of Florida’s showiest wildflowers, the swamp sunflower comes into its glory in numerous locations around the state in the fall.
It breaks into bloom between late September and late October, filling in the edges of lakes and waterways with a spectacular ribbon of yellow.
While Lake Jesup is one of the best places to see their beauty, you’ll find them around all of the marshy edges of the St. Johns River floodplain in Central Florida.
We’ve also seen them in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and along the canals of that region in South Florida, as well as the Fisheating Creek floodplain.
Depending on the year’s rainfall / drought conditions in a particular region, blooms may be minimal or spectacular, in vast masses across a landscape.
Where to see swamp sunflowers
A few of the many hikes where you can see swamp sunflowers in the fall
In this wilderness area along the shores of Lake Jesup, plunge right in for a hike through a parade of wetland wildflowers in the St. Johns River floodplain
Explore Fort Center, a pre-Colombian village lost in Florida’s past – and uncovered again by archaeologists – by following this trail in Fisheating Creek WMA.
Weaving beneath a canopy knit by old-growth cypress trees in a majestic swamp forest, the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of Florida’s best hikes