Date Posted: Jul 08, 2016
Pitted stripeseed (Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana) gets it common name from -- you guessed it -- the striped depressions on its seeds! This cheerful little flower is found in the open, sandy areas of pine flatwoods and sandhills throughout Florida.
Because its blooms are small (about 3/4" in diameter), it attracts the tinier bees and butterflies. Gulf fritillary butterflies may use this wildflower as a host plant as it is chemically similar to the fritillaries’ primary host plants, passionvines. Rabbits also like to nibble on the foliage.
Learn more about this bright bloomer on our blog.
Photo by Wayne Matchett.
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