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

False rosemary

Flower Friday: False rosemary

False rosemary (Conradina canescens) is a robust, evergreen flowering shrub that typically blooms from March through November, but can occur year-round. It occurs naturally in sand pine scrub and sandhills. Many pollinator species are attracted to false rosemary, but bees are the most prominent visitor.

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Coastalplain goldenaster, 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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Cloudless sulphur caterpillar on privet senna

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 flowers

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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