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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ORANGE MILKWORT (Polygala lutea)

ORANGE MILKWORT (Polygala lutea)

ORANGE MILKWORT (Polygala lutea)

low growing biennial. You can’t miss the bright orange flowers. Likes boggy conditions.

Learn: http://2bnthewild.com/plants/H419.htm

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Polygala+lutea

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3417

Sometimes called candyroot

Sometimes called candyroot

February 2013

February 2013

November 2013

November 2013

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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.

Learn: http://www.prota4u.org/protav8.asp?h=M4,rhombifolia&p=Sida+rhombifolia

Larval host: Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa), Checkered-Skippers (Pyrgus spp.),

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2741

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

a.k.a. Jointvetch

Aggressive but delicate member of the pea family. Can reach heights of 4 ft. “annual grazing crop
that can be cut for hay before maturity.”

Prolific seeds feed: quail, dove and turkey; attracts pollinators, grazed by deer.

Learn: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_aeam.pdf

Larval host: Barred Yellow Butterfly (Eurema daira);’ Pale-edged Selenisa Moth (Selenisa sueroides)

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2805

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/in-a-wildlife-garden-it-isn%E2%80%99t-shy-at-all/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

Can be aggressive with abundant seeds. Great nectar source, shown is Barred Yellow Butterfly (Eurema daira).

May be used in making cord and said to have some use in herbal medicines/teas. may contain Ephedrine.

Learn: http://www.prota4u.org/protav8.asp?h=M4,rhombifolia&p=Sida+rhombifolia

Larval host: Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa), Checkered-Skippers (Pyrgus spp.),

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2741

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PINEWEEDS; ORANGEGRASS (Hypericum gentianoides)

The most delicate of all the Hypericum spp. almost grasslike. As the common name alludes to, you can find this delicate wildflower blooming in Pinelands in moist soils. Flowers are yellow, leaning toward an orange hue. One of the many St. Johns Wort varieties native to Florida.

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3061

Another photo: https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/pineweeds-orangegrass-hypericum-gentianoides/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

Can be aggressive. Legume family. Larval host: Barred Yellow Butterfly (Eurema daira), Pale-edged Selenisa Moth (Selenisa sueroides). High nutritive value so a recommended forage for both deer and cattle. Seeds feed: quail, dove and turkey

Learn: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_aeam.pdf

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/in-a-wildlife-garden-it-isn%E2%80%99t-shy-at-all/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLADDERPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

Bud depicted. May also be referred to as Bagpod.

Parts may be toxic to cattle and goats. Grows very tall…5 foot plus and it waves in the breeze.

The plant leaves follow the sun. They face east in the morning and slowly turn as the sun moves to the west in the evening. Fascinating to observe.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw038

Bloom from August 2010:

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Pods from November 2010:

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PINEWEEDS; ORANGEGRASS (Hypericum gentianoides)

As the common name alludes to, you can find this delicate wildflower blooming in Pinelands. Flowers are yellow, leaning

toward an orange hue. One of the many St. John’s Wort varieties native to Florida.

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

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

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA PLANTAIN; SOUTHERN PLANTAIN (Plantago virginica)

Larval host (Buckeye) and several moth species especially Tiger Moths. The seeds eaten by the Dear Mouse, Grasshopper Sparrow and possibly other granivorous songbirds. squirrels eat spikes, and rabbits eat spikes and leaves.

Learn: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/dwf_plantain.htm

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

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE; TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)

Well behaved twining vine that will cover a fence, arbor or cover the ground if there is nothing to climb.

Attracts: hummingbirds, butterflies; fruits attract birds

Learn: http://www.floridata.com/ref/l/loni_sem.cfm

Has medicinal value and is larval host for Spring Azure, Snowberry Clearwing Moth; More: http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=LOSE

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