“Flower Friday” is a weekly profile of a different Florida native wildflower.

Soft greeneyes (Berlandiera pumila) by Eleanor Dietrich2

Flower Friday: Soft greeneyes

Soft greeneyes (Berlandiera pumila) is a perennial herbaceous wildflower found in sandhills and pinelands throughout the Panhandle and north Florida. It blooms in spring and summer and attracts a variety of pollinators, including butterflies, bees and wasps.

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Bartram's rosegentian (Sabatia decandra) by Craig Mazer

Flower Friday: Bartram’s rosegentian

Bartram’s rosegentian is a dazzling pink wildflower found naturally in wet pinelands, freshwater marshes, pond margins and in wet ditches. It blooms late spring into late summer or early fall.

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Carolina horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Carolina horsenettle

Carolina horsenettle is a perennial wildflower that occurs naturally in pastures, disturbed sites and along roadsides. It blooms throughout the summer and is pollinated primarily by bumble bees, although many insects are known to visit the flower. Some birds, such as quail and wild turkey, eat its fruit.

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eriocaulon decangulare

Flower Friday: Tenangle pipewort

Also known as Hat pins and Bog buttons, Tenangle pipewort (Eriocaulon decangulare) is a wildflower easily recognized by its many white buttonlike flowers. It occurs naturally in bogs, wet prairies, freshwater marshes, wet pine flatwoods and cypress swamp edges and typically blooms late spring through fall.

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polygala balduinii

Flower Friday: Baldwin’s milkwort

Baldwin’s milkwort (Polygala balduinii) is one of only a few white milkworts found in Florida. It typically blooms spring through fall and occurs naturally in wet pine flatwoods, marshes and coastal swales.

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Snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea) by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Snow squarestem

Snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea) is a robust bushy wildflower that occurs naturally in dry to moist flatwoods, prairies and disturbed open habitats. It typically blooms summer through early winter, but can bloom year-round, attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It’s also known as Cat’s tongue, Salt and pepper and Nonpareil.

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