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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ALLIGATORFLAG; FIREFLAG (Thalia geniculata)

Wetlands plant. Tall, large leaves.

Learn: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/thalia-geniculata/

Larval host:  Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/thalia-geniculata

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

Learn more: http://benkolstad.net/?p=5614

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3590

From June 2010:

Thalia geniculata

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ROSY CAMPHORWEED (Pluchea baccharis)

Fragrant plant for moist to wet locations. Loved by butterflies and other pollinators such as the sweat bees shown here.

synonym: P. rosea

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2500

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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 small carpenter bee (Ceratina sp.).

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Sidarhom

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

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CREEPER; WOODBINE (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Deciduous vine in the grape family provides spectacular fall color. can be grown on masonary surfaces without damage but use caution if planted near painted surfaces.

Can be grown as a ground cover but will always attempt to climb anything nearby. Freely self seeds so can be aggressive, but provides great cover and food value for wildlife especially insects and birds.

 

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Larval Host: Moths including several Sphinx moths.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/parthenocissus-quinquefolia

I’ve had Brown Thrashers successfully nest in my vine.

Learn more wildlife value: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paqu2.pdf

Sap may cause allergic reaction to some.

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3742

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Oenothera simulans)

synonym: Gaura angustifolia

Tall, lanky annual wildflower (3-4ft) attracts pollinators. The flowers start out white and turn pink overnight; flowers only last a day. May be aggressive as it freely self seeds.

Larval Host: Clouded Crimson Flower Moth (Schinia gaurae); HUMMINGBIRDS will nectar at this plant.

Learn: http://2bnthewild.com/plants/H59.htm

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3271

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140729110202/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/just-in-time-for-national-moth-week.html

Clouded Crimson Moth (Schinia gaurae) uses Southern Beeblossom (Oenothera simulans) as a larval host. Shown here nectaring on Bidens alba

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PROCESSION FLOWER (Polygala incarnata)

Polygala incarnata

If you look carefully (zoom in) you’ll see a tiny spider waiting for dinner.

Easily overlooked until the pretty pink head blooms. A member of the Milkwort Family.

Learn: http://www.kswildflower.org/flower_details.php?flowerID=389

Where does it grow in Florida?:  http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3418

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

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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://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Sidarhom

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

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: NUTTALL’S MEADOWBEAUTY (Rhexia nuttallii)

There are 10 members of the Rhexia genus that are listed in the ISB Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants as being native to Florida. One is sure to fit in your landscape situation.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhexia-spp

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2688

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PINELAND WATERWILLOW (Justicia angusta)

New to my Florida Native Plant Life list. Discovered out at the front culvert.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/justicia-angusta
http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Justangu

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1065

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: COASTALPLAIN STAGGERBUSH (Lyonia fruticosa)

Member of the heath family. important nectar source. (source:
http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/Extension/florida_forestry_information/events_calendar/files/plant_id_workshop_booklet_pdf.pdf)

Also called rusty lyonia or rusty staggerbush. Outstanding feature is the pretty rust colored pubescense which coats the leaves of new growth. closely related to L. ferruginea which IFAS reports: “pubescence …reportedly works to protect new growth from harmful insects.” (source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp357) BUT, having seen a shrub completely defoliated by the larvae of the Datana sp. would seem to discount that theory.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lyonia-fruticosa

Larval host: Prominent Moth Caterpillar (Datana spp.)

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=679

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/the-garden-bells-are-ringing/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLACKROOT (Pterocaulon pycnostachyum)

Big with Butterflies for nectar.

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

Larval host: Everlasting Bud Moth (Eublemma minima) (source: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Blackroot_Pterocaulon_pycnostachyum.pdf)

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2041

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ROSE-RUSH (Lygodesmia aphylla)

TALL, delicate wildflower that will pop up in heavy vegetation. At my place I find it reaching up from between ferns, blackberry, galberry, lyonia spp. Be sure to look for this one earlier in the day as it may wilt by afternoon.

Attracts: native bees; butterflies and other pollinators

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lygodesmia-aphylla

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=681

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: LARGEFLOWER ROSEGENTIAN (Sabatia grandiflora)

Likes it moist and needs plenty of sun. These grow in the margin of my pond. Attract pollinators.

Learn: http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2011/02/large-flowered-marsh-pink-sabatia.html

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2356

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140527132422/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/skullcaps-milk-peas-and-mutant-sabatia-spp.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: AMERICAN BEAUTYBERRY (Callicarpa americana)

Showy shrub with pink/white blooms and gorgeous fruits. Boon to wildlife, particularly pollinators and birds who enjoy the pretty magenta colored fruits. Edible and fruits can be used in jelly or ink.

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/callicarpa-americana

Palmetto article 1994: Beautyberry, An Under-used Native by Scott Zona
http://www.fnps.org/assets/pdf/palmetto/zona_scott_beautyberry_an_underused_native_vol_14_no_1_spring_1994.pdf

Said to be a mosquito repellant: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/07/060703091932.htm

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3546

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WHITE LOBELIA (Lobelia paludosa)

Dainty multiple wildflowers on a single stem reaching 1-2 ft tall. Moist locations.

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2079

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PINK PURSLANE; KISS-ME-QUICK (Portulaca pilosa)

Sometimes called rose moss. Flowers open only part of the day; good for rock gardens, groundcover. While P. spp. is said to edible, there is debate about whether this species is palatable. I leave mine for the wildlife.

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2033

It was the species spotlight in a 2008 edition of the Sabal Minor: http://www.fnps.org/assets/pdf/sabalminor/sb0807_v11n4.pdf

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: STINKING CAMPHORWEED (Pluchea foetida)

perennial; strong scent; likes wet conditions. leaves are a pretty green edged in burgandy. Attractive to Pollinators such as the grey hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) shown in the photo.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/pluchea-spp

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=875

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: ROSY CAMPHORWEED (Pluchea baccharis)

Fragrant plant for moist to wet locations. Loved by butterflies and other pollinators such as this Five-banded Tiphiid Wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) (a parasitoids of white grubs)

synonym: P. rosea

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2500

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CREEPER; WOODBINE (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

virginiacreepermay2015aDeciduous vine in the grape family provides spectacular fall color. can be grown on masonary surfaces without damage but use caution if planted near painted surfaces.

Can be grown as a ground cover. Freely self seeds so can be aggressive, but provides great cover and food value for wildlife especially insects and birds.

Larval Host: Moths including several Sphinx moths.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/parthenocissus-quinquefolia

Learn wildlife value: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paqu2.pdf

Sap may cause allergic reaction to some.

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3742

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Oenothera simulans)

Had a name recent name change. synonym: Gaura angustifolia

Tall, lanky annual wildflower (3-4ft) attracts pollinators. The flowers start out white and turn pink overnight; flowers only last a day. May be aggressive as it freely self seeds.

Larval Host: Clouded Crimson Flower Moth (Schinia gaurae); HUMMINGBIRDS will nectar at this plant.

Learn: http://2bnthewild.com/plants/H59.htm

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3271

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140729110202/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/just-in-time-for-national-moth-week.html

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