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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon spp. likely glomeratus)

Very tall, showy native bunch grass. Leave in place to dry over the winter as food for flocks of birds. The warblers will latch on and sway as they dine. Provides cover for wildlife.

Several varieties of this species are native to Florida. This one is most likely A. glomeratus var. pumilus

I cut some to use as a free alternative to cornstalks as Halloween decorations,

Larval Host: Possible larval host plant for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies (source: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/andropogon-glomeratus)

Learn: http://floridagrasses.org/Grass_data/An_glomeratus.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Andropogon+glomeratus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3364

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/arranging-native-plants/

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Andrapogon-glomeratus-%252d-Bushy-Bluestem.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CHALKY BLUESTEM (Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus)

Native bunch grass. Interesting to watch the birds sway on the tall stems while dining on the seeds in late autumn and winter.

Seeds feed: song birds

Learn: http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Andrvirgglau

Larval host: Possible for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Andropogon+virginicus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2414

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BIGHEAD RUSH (Juncus megacephalus)

aka Large-headed rush. Perennial rush that can reach heights of 3 ft. Wet locations. One of 22 juncus species listed as native to Florida by ISB.

Learn: http://eol.org/pages/631038/overview

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Juncus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=785

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: HURRICANEGRASS (Fimbristylis cymosa)

syn. F. spathacea; Not a grass but a sedge (CYPERACEAE); Also called fringe rush and yet, it isn’t a rush.

The smoothness of the stalk that holds the flower had me researching this as a rush. A check of the leaves reveals the characteristic edge feel in the rhyme “sedges have edges…”.

Food for ducks and geese.

Learn: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/165

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon spp. likely glomeratus)

Very tall, showy native bunch grass. Leave in place to dry over the winter as food for flocks of birds. The warblers will latch on and sway as they dine.

I cut some to use as a free alternative to cornstalks as Halloween decorations,

Learn: http://floridagrasses.org/Grass_data/An_glomeratus.html

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/arranging-native-plants/

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Andropogon

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: FRAGRANT SPIKESEDGE (Kyllinga odorata)

Considered by some to be a weed of turfgrass. How anyone could like turfgrass better than this pretty little thing is beyond my comprehension.

I find several websites that say it is non-native, but the USDA Plants Database, ISB Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center all agree that it is native to U.S.

Learn: http://sagebud.com/fragrant-spikesedge-kyllinga-odorata/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WIREGRASS (Aristida spp. likely stricta)

a.k.a. pineland threeawn

Feeds gopher tortoises, deer, quail and other birds. Provides cover for birds, reptiles, and small mammals. forage for livestock.

Learn: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Wiregrass/index.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Aristida
http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/aristida-stricta-var-beyrichiana

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WITCHGRASS (Dichanthelium spp.)

When preparing to bloom, this pretty grass gives the yard a pinkish glow, especially when the sun has just risen and it is covered in dew.

Learn: http://floridagrasses.org/Dichanthelium.htm

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Dichanthelium

The following photo is of the same genus, but does not necessarily depict the same species, although likely it does:

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