Cypress Gardens

Summer Season

Summer season at Cypress Gardens offers a different experience.

Common blooms and wildlife seen during each month:

June

Average temperatures range from 60 to 90 degrees F.

  • June brings the earth-shaking bellows of the territorial, breeding alligator and the vocals of Narrowmouth Toads.
  • Few spring wildflowers remain in bloom, but in their wake come the blossoms of the:
    • Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)
    • Beauty-berry (Callicarpa americana)
    • Blazing Stars (Liatris)
    • Crested Fringed-orchid (Habenaria cristata)
    • Ironweed (Vernonia acaulis)
    • Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
    • Button-bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
    • Yellow-eyed Grass (Xyris)
  • With the increasing heat, birdsong rather steadily decreases while insect song, like the buzzing of cicada, increases.
  • Hairstreaks, especially the Gray and the Red-banded, become more prevalent among the butterflies.

July

Average temperatures range from 70 to 90 degrees F.

  • More flowering plants appear in the form of:
    • Elephant-toes (Elephantopus tomentosus)
    • Mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum)
    • Water Willow (Decodon verticillatus)
    • Fragrant Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes odorata)
  • Other than Mockingbirds, most songbirds have nests of fledglings and are relatively quiet.
  • Until colder weather arrives in a few months, the sound of insects is dominant including the Katydid.
  • The Palamedes Swallowtail is regularly seen.

August

Average temperatures range from 70 to 90 degrees F.

  • Wildlife, other than Insects (Katydids, Cicadas, grasshoppers, crickets) is relatively quiet as another breeding season winds down.
  • Early fall bird migrants are becoming apparent and we begin to see the Eastern Kingbird, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows, and flocks of blackbirds and grackles assembling to build into their winter conglomerations.
  • Butterfly migrants and wanderers become more common, such as Gulf Fritillaries, Hackberry Butterfly, Cloudless Sulfur, Monarchs, and American and Painted Ladies.
  • Composites increase their dominance among flowering plants with at least 8 species of white-flowered Eupatorium, Goldenrods (Solidago), and Lobelias including Purple Lobelia (Lobelia elongata), Glandular (L. glandulosa), and Downy (L. puberula).

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