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

Cloudless sulphur caterpillar on privet senna. Photo by Peg Urban

Flower Friday: Privet senna

Also known as privet wild sensitive plant, privet senna is an evergreen, perennial shrub. Its flowers are mainly bee-pollinated, but it is the larval host plant for the cloudless sulphur and sleepy orange butterflies. It is a short-day plant, which means it requires a longer period of darkness to form its flowers.

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Shoreline purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum)

Flower Friday: Shoreline seapurslane

Shoreline seapurslane is a sprawling, perennial evergreen wildflower with pink, star-shaped flowers. It blooms throughout the year in salt and freshwater marshes, along beach dunes, and in salt flats. It is critical as a dune sand stabilizer as it catches sand between its leaves and stems.

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Elliott's aster (Symphyotrichum elliottii) by Ron & Diane Bynum

Flower Friday: Elliott’s aster

Elliott’s aster is an herbaceous perennial wildflower that produces a coronet of lavender blooms. It typically flowers in late fall and occurs naturally in roadsides ditches, wet flatwoods, swamps, and marshes. It is a wonderful plant for attracting butterflies, bees and other pollinators due to its many fragrant blooms.

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Clasping Venus' looking glass

Flower Friday: Venus’ looking glass

Clasping Venus’ looking-glass is an annual herbaceous wildflower that typically flowers late winter through spring and even into fall. It occurs naturally along roadsides and in disturbed areas. It is pollinated by bees, flies and small butterflies and moths.

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Largeleaf grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia). Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Grass-of-Parnassus

Largeleaf grass-of-Parnassus is a rare and wonderful wildflower. Every part of it is distinctively striking. It blooms only in fall, typically October and November, and occurs naturally in open and seasonally wet savannahs and bogs. It is a state-listed endangered species.

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