WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA REDROOT (Lachnanthes caroliana)
Great for bog, wet locations. Butterflies, especially black swallowtails and hairstreaks are drawn to this nectar source.
Green Lynx spiders often will use as nesting locations. If you look very closely toward the bottom of the flower, you’ll see spider legs. favorite food for Sandhill Cranes
Roots can be used as a dye. Similar in appearance to iris.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lachnanthes+caroliana
bud (early July 2013)