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

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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Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia)

Flower Friday: Saltbush

Also known as groundsel tree and sea myrtle, saltbush is a long-lived perennial shrub that typically blooms in fall. It occurs naturally in coastal uplands and dunes, along pond margins, and in ditches and disturbed areas. It is an evergreen in the southern part of the state, but can be deciduous in northern Florida.

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Lopsided indiangrass (Sorghastrum secundum) Photo by Katherine Edison

Flower Friday: Lopsided Indiangrass

Lopsided indiangrass is a robust and unique perennial bunchgrass. Throughout most of the year, it is rather indistinct. But in late summer, it produces tall, dramatic flower spikes. It occurs naturally in pinelands, sandhills and flatwoods. It is the larval host plant for the Delaware skipper, dusted skipper and swarthy skipper.

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Rayless sunflower (Helianthus radula) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Rayless sunflower

Rayless sunflower is a unique member of the Helianthus or sunflower genus. It typically blooms late spring into early fall and attracts a variety of pollinators. It occurs naturally in sandy uplands, along moist to dry roadsides, and in seasonally wet savannahs and pine flatwoods.

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Honeycombhead (Balduina angustifolia) Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Honeycombhead

Coastalplain honeycombhead is an annual to biennial wildflower that produces showy, golden blooms that typically appear late spring or summer into fall. It occurs naturally in sandhills, scrub, dunes, and pine and scrubby flatwoods. It attracts a variety of butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Honeycombhead is also known as yellow buttons.

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