WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SILVERLING (Baccharis glomeruliflora)
dioecious, photo depicts female specimen.
Male specimens may cause allergies to those affected by pollen. (source: http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Specie/Baccharis+glomeruliflora/)
sometimes called: saltbush.
Works as a specimen shrub or can be pruned to create a hedge. Somewhat aggressive. Blooms in late fall, early winter, so important nectar source for pollinators when not a lot else is blooming. Great wildlife cover plant. Infusion of leaves can be used as a dye.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Baccharis+glomeruliflora
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1033