WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)
May be used in making cord and said to have some use in herbal medicines/teas. may contain Ephedrine.
Can be aggressive with abundant seeds. Supports wildlife: shown is a sweat bee and off to the left side is a leaf beetle, possibly Pachybrachis sp.
Larval host: Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa), Checkered-Skippers (Pyrgus spp.),
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=sida
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2741