WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: NUTTALLS THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)
Buds shown. can get quite tall (4-5 ft. or more) spiny (OUCH) plant that is of great benefit to wildlife, providing for numerous insects.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Cirsium
Larval Host: Little Metalmark Butterfly; Ive seen other notations that Cirsium spp. may be a host for the Painted lady Butterfly as well.
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1018
A playground of biodiversity:
My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-biodiversity-of-a-single-native-plant.html