Cypress Gardens

Winter Season

Winter season at Cypress Gardens offers a different experience.

Common blooms and wildlife seen during each month:

December

Average temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees F.

  • The fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) begins to fill the air along the trails and will last until February.
  • Camellias continue to bloom as well as the horticultural Paper White Narcissus flower.
  • Swamp Sparrows and other late resident birds arrive.
  • Warmer days may bring out surprise butterfly appearances of Gulf Fritillaries, Cloudless Sulfurs, or Monarchs.

January

Average temperatures range from 20 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Peak Camellia bloom.
  • Alligators may occasionally be seen on sunny days.
  • Warm, rainy nights bring choruses from the Spring Peeper and Southern Chorus frogs.
  • Brown Creepers and the Orange-crowned Warbler are highlights to see.
  • Sunny days may bring the Cloudless Sulfur Butterfly.
  • A River Otter may be seen playing in the swamp and winter-nesting Bald Eagles are often sighted overhead.

February

Average temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees F.

  • Daffodils (Narcissus) are at their peak bloom this month.
  • The earliest of the spring flowers are blooming:
    • Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
    • Blueberries (Vaccinium)
    • Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
  • Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), the SC State wildflower.
  • Yellowbelly Slider and Florida Cooter turtles emerge from their short hibernation.
  • The vocals of the Southern Leopard and Green Frogs begin by month’s end.
  • Moths such as the Luna Moth and Clear-winged Sphinx and butterfly species, Sleepy Orange, Mourning Cloak and Snout may be seen.

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