WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA REDROOT (Lachnanthes caroliana)
Great for bog, wet locations. Before bloom, similar in appearance to iris.
Pollinators, especially black swallowtail butterflies, skippers and hairstreaks are drawn to this nectar source. Shown visitors include Sachem Skipper Butterfly (Atalopedes campestris) and a sweat bee.
Green Lynx spiders often will use as nesting locations. Seeds favored by Sandhill Cranes; feral hogs will dig up and consume large patches.
Roots can be used as a dye.
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=828
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lachnanthes+caroliana