WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CLIMBING HEMPVINE (Mikania scandens)

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Low growing vine, will climb up fences, but doesnt provide deep coverage as other vines might. Dies back.

Can be a Larval host for Little Metalmark Butterfly (Calephelis virginiensis)

Nectar Source, showy flowers, heart shaped leaves.

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

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3395

May 2014 (jagged ambush bug is hiding in there.

May 2014 (jagged ambush bug is hiding in there.

September 2011

September 2011

August 2013

August 2013

May 2013

May 2013

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis)

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Self seeding. A favorite of pollinators.

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

Learn more: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ruellia-caroliniensis

Larval host: Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=812

June 2014

June 2014

June 2013

June 2013

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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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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant  PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Seed pods. Wait for them to turn brown before collecting.

Seed pods. Wait for them to turn brown before collecting.

More info, photos:  https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-4/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-3/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-2/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CATESBY’S LILY; PINE LILY (Lilium catesbaei)

This beauty popped up in my neighbor’s natural area, and was leaning on my fence. Always a nice surprise when they bloom.

Listed as Threatened Plants in the Preservation of Native Flora of Florida Act. Defined as species of plants native to the state that are in rapid decline in the number of plants within the state, but which have not so decreased in such number as to cause them to be endangered.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lilium-catesbaei

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3148

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NOTE:  The initial posting misidentified this plant as RED BAY (Persea borbonia)

Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant SWAMP BAY (Persea palustris)

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Larval host: Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio palamedes), Spicebush Swallowtail (P. troilus) and Schaus Swallowtail (P. aristodemus) also host to Redbay Psyllid (Trioza magnoliae)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/persea-palustris

Where does it grow in Florida?:  http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2064

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

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SENSITIVE PEA (Chamaecrista nictitans var. aspera)

A cousin to Partridge Pea, flowers somewhat smaller, plant height 1 to 1-1/2 ft. This annual is popular with pollinators. Freely self seeds. Synonym: Cassia nictitans

Learn: http://pinellas.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=cassias

Larval host: Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae), Little Yellow (Eurema lisa) and Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) Butterflies. {source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057} and possibly Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe) {NABA}

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3223

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20150316175325/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/enjoying-little-things-in-the-garden.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

Also referred to as Water Dropwort, it is an emersed member of the carrot family Apiaceae. In Florida, it blooms in late summer or early fall and can reach 2-3 in height Synonym: Oxypolis filiformis

Learn: http://www.nababutterfly.com/water_dropwort.html
http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Oxypfili

Line drawing: http://web.archive.org/web/20110830191957/http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/images/line_drawings/oxyfil2.jpg

Larval host: Black Swallowtail Butterfly and other arthropods

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3233

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/aphids-are-good-wait-what/

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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://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=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?: BLADDERPOD; BAGPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

Member of the pea family. Tall, gangly.

Learn: http://web.archive.org/web/20141011000836/http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw038

toxic to livestock (source: http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/plant/bag-pod-sesbania/)

Larval host: Zarucco Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis zarucco) {source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057}

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2379

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

Small tree/shrub. Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye.

Pollinator MAGNET! sweat bee shown

Berries enjoyed by wild turkey, grouse and many songbirds. Browsed by rabbits/deer. Larval host

Larval host: Redbanded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) which uses detritus (leaf litter).
Possible host: Luna Moth (Actias luna) and Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/rhucop/all.html

Growing info: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhus-copallinum

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3543

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/winged-sumacfull-of-wings/

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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://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=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://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=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://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=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://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=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?: TENANGLE PIPEWORT (Eriocaulon decangulare)

I can always find this tall beauty rising out of the culverts in front of the house. Nice addition to flower arrangements.

Learn: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/156

Line drawing: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/images/line_drawings/eridec2.jpg

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3553

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