WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
Great for wildlife: Birds eat the seeds, pollinators attracted to nectar/pollen.
larval host: cloudless sulfur (Phoebis senna), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme), sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe), little yellow (Eurema lisa) and ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterflies.
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3026
My take on the color change in caterpillars based on which part of the plant they eat can be read here: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Chamaecrista+fasciculata