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

Black titi (Cliftonia monophylla)

Flower Friday: Black titi

Black titi (Cliftonia monophylla) is a perennial evergreen shrub to small tree. Its fragrant white-to-pinkish flowers typically bloom in spring. It occurs naturally in swamps, bogs, wet flatwoods and along stream edges. It is a wonderful attractor of pollinators — specifically honeybees who use its nectar and pollen to produce honey — and is also browsed by deer.

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Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides). Photo by Stacey Matrazzo.

Flower Friday: Rue anemone

Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) is a rare, ephemeral, perennial herb. Its dainty white flowers bloom in early spring and are gone by mid-summer. It occurs naturally in slope forests and limestone bluffs. In Florida, it is a state-listed endangered species because it is at its most southern range. It is much more prolific throughout the eastern United States.

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Yellow butterwort (Pinguicula lutea)

Flower Friday: Yellow butterwort

Yellow butterwort (Pinguicula lutea) is a perennial carnivorous plant. Its solitary blooms appear in late winter into spring. It occurs naturally in wet pine flatwoods, wet prairies and seepage slopes. It prefers a drier environment compared with other native Pinguicula. It a state-listed threatened species.

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Four-petal St. John's wort (Hypericum tetrapetalum) Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Four-petal St. John’s wort

Four-petal St. John’s wort (Hypericum tetrapetalum) is an evergreen perennial shrub. Its flowers are bright lemon-yellow and can bloom throughout the year, but late spring is usually its best bloom time. It occurs naturally in moist flatwoods, sandhills and ruderal areas. It is considered a near-endemic species as it occurs only in Florida and limited parts of southern Georgia. It is attractive to bees.

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Sandhill wireweed (Polygonella robusta) Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Sandhill wireweed

Also known as Largeflower jointweed, Sandhill wireweed (Polygonum nesomii) is a deciduous woody shrub that produces an abundance of spike-like flowering clusters. It is mostly a summer and fall bloomer, with October being its most abundant blooming time, but year-round blooms are not uncommon. Sandhill wireweed is endemic to Florida. It occurs nowhere else in the world.

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Tread-softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus). Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Tread-softly

Tread-softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus) is a perennial, low-growing herbaceous wildflower. Its brilliant white flowers bloom year-round. It occurs naturally in sandhills, scrub, pine and scrubby flatwoods, and ruderal and disturbed areas. It attracts many butterflies and other pollinators. It’s easy to see how tread-softly gets its common name, and its scientific name is just as telling.

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