Coastal and Tropical South
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Thirty miles south of Tallahassee, the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge offers incredible habitat for migrating birds, and for our exploration. Visit the St. Marks Lighthouse, walk the nature trails, and wend your way through the marshes by boat. It could serve as your entry portal to all the refuges in the NWR System.
Favorite or New Plant
Hibiscus mutabilis, also known as cotton rose and confederate rose, is actually neither cotton nor rose. But it is a spectacular fall perennial in all but the wettest, most southern parts of our region. An excellent back-of-the-border plant, cotton rose displays the quality of color change as the flowers open and age. First they're white, then they turn cotton candy pink, then almost purple before their demise. Lovely, whatever you call it.