WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLACKEYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blooms all year in warm areas. Freely self seeds. Bright flowers that are usually 2 ft. but can reach 3 ft in certain conditions.
Loved by pollinators and spiders. Birds enjoy the seeds.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Rudbeckia+hirta
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2286