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

chrysopsis-scabrella

Flower Friday: Coastalplain goldenaster

Coastalplain goldenaster (Chrysopsis scabrella) is a biennial herbaceous wildflower that typically blooms from late summer into late fall but can bloom year-round. It occurs naturally in sandhills, scrub, flatwoods and ruderal areas.

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Florida scrub roseling (Callisia ornata)

Flower Friday: Florida scrub roseling

Florida scrub roseling (Callisia ornata) is a beautiful and delicate perennial wildflower in the dayflower family. It typically blooms spring through autumn. It is endemic to Florida and occurs naturally in scrub and sandhill habitats. It is a close relative of (and its blooms look very similar to) Spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.) and other dayflowers (Commelina spp.).

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Cloudless sulphur caterpillar on privet senna. Photo by Peg Urban

Flower Friday: Privet senna

Also known as Privet wild sensitive plant, Privet senna (Senna ligustrina) 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 (Sesuvium portulacastrum) 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 (Symphyotrichum elliottii) 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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