WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BUTTON RATTLESNAKEMASTER; BUTTON ERYNGO (Eryngium yuccifolium)
There was a lot of insect activity on these today, including this Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus)
Ethno: snakebite rememdy; blood purifier
Said to attract bats. Attractive to many pollinators, but especially important for native bees.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Eryngium+yuccifolium
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3565