Thistleleaf aster (Eurybia eryngiifolia) is an herbaceous perennial wildflower that occurs only in Florida’s eastern Panhandle and in a few neighboring counties in Alabama and Georgia. Its blooms are fairly large and appear in late spring through fall. It occurs naturally in wet prairies, wiregrass savannas and wet pine flatwoods and is loved by many bees and butterflies.
“Flower Friday” is a weekly profile of a different Florida native wildflower.
Also known as Duck potatoes, Arrowheads (Sagittaria lancifolia, S. latifolia) are perennial emergent aquatic wildflowers. They typically bloom spring through fall and occur naturally in marshes, swamps, streams, spring runs, rivers, lake edges and roadside ditches. The flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators and the fruits are eaten by birds and other wildlife.
Camphorweed is an aromatic, annual to biennial herbaceous shrub. It typically blooms in summer and fall, although in certain conditions it may bloom year-round. It occurs naturally on coastal dunes and grasslands, in scrubs, pinelands and ruderal areas. It is attractive to many bees and butterflies. As the common name suggests, camphorweed has a camphor-like aroma (or odor, as some might suggest), particularly when the leaves are disturbed.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a bright, cheerful wildflower found throughout Florida. It typically blooms in spring through fall and occurs naturally in flatwoods, sandhills, open disturbed areas and along roadsides. It is pollinated by a variety of insects, and its seeds are eaten by seed-eating birds.
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is a long-lived, perennial aquatic wildflower. It typically blooms in spring through summer and occurs naturally in open, aquatic habitats such as pond, lake or river edges, marshes and swamps. It is pollinated primarily by bees, but is visited by many butterflies and other insects.
Powderpuff (Mimosa strigillosa) (also known as Sunshine mimosa) is a prostrate, mat-forming perennial wildflower with showy “powderpuff” blooms that appear in spring through summer. It occurs naturally in open, disturbed areas and along roadsides. It is pollinated mainly by bees, but is the host plant for the little sulphur (Eurema lisa) butterfly.