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

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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Bonamia grandiflora Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Flower Friday: Florida bonamia

Also known as Florida’s lady’s nightcap and scrub morning glory, Florida bonamia is a rare, perennial flowering vine. Its showy blooms appear spring through fall in sand pine scrub. Florida bonamia is endemic to Central Florida, and is a federally threatened and state-listed endangered species.

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Elephant's foot (Elephantopus elatus) Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Tall elephantsfoot

Tall elephantsfoot is a short-lived, perennial wildflower that typically blooms summer through fall. It occurs naturally in flatwoods, sandhills, upland mixed woodlands, ruderal areas and wet prairies. It attracts a variety of pollinators.

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Alligatorflag (Thalia geniculata) Photo by Mary Keim

Flower Friday: Alligatorflag

Alligatorflag (also known as fireflag) is a tall, sturdy herbaceous perennial that typically blooms summer through fall. It occurs naturally in wetland depressions and cypress sloughs, and along the edges of marshes, swamps and wet ditches.

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Lemon bacopa (Bacopa caroliniana) Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Flower Friday: Lemon bacopa

Lemon bacopa (also known as blue waterhyssop) is a low-growing, mat-forming, perennial herbaceous wildflower that grows in very moist to aquatic habitats. It typically blooms late spring through fall, but can bloom year-round. It occurs naturally along pond and stream margins, and in swamps, marshes and shallow ditches. Its nectar is used by a variety of small pollinators.

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