WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SIMMONDS’ ASTER (Symphyotrichum spp. possibly simmondsii)
There are 28 species of this genus listed in the IBS database, all but two shown as native to Florida. It is difficult to differentiate between many of the species.
Native American Ethnobotany: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Symphyotrichum+simmondsii
Symphyotrichum spp. is the larval host for: Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)