White Florida Wildflowers
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On this page - White-top aster, Hammock snakeroot, Purple thistle, Southern fleabane, Tenangle pipewort, Frostweed, Spring ladies tresses

White-top Aster - Oclemena reticulata

Image - White top Aster (Oclemena reticulata) Image - White top Aster plant

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Wet Pine flatwoods, other moist areas

Description - 1 1/2 to 2" flowers with white petals surrounding a yellow central disk. Leaves are variable in shape, sessile or nearly so, elliptic to obovate & pubescent.

White-top Aster is a common Florida native plant that blooms from spring though fall & grows to about 3 feet tall.

Hammock Snakeroot - Ageratina jucunda

Hammock Snakroot (Ageratina jucunda) (Greene)Clewell & Wooten

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Hammocks, Pine Flatwoods

Description - Herbaceous wildflower to 3 feet tall, leaves are alternately arranged, lanceolate with deeply toothed margins. Moist, sandy soils in full sun or lightly shaded areas.

Purple Thistle - Cirsium horridulum Michx.

Image - Purple Thistle (Cirsium horridulum Michx) Image - Purple Thistle flower (Cirsium horridulum Michx

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Pinelands, Prairies, well drained sandy soils

Description - Large basal rosette, broader than tall. 12-18 inches in height, to 3 feet or more when in flower. Spiny leaves.

Flower - 2-3 inches across ranging in color from purple to pink or white. Host plant for many butterfly and insect larvae.

Southern Fleabane, Oakleaf Fleabane - Erigeron quercifolius

Southern Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) Southern Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) detail

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Pinelands, prairies

Description - Native herbaceous perennial, 3 inches to 3 feet in height. Leaf and stems hairy. White to lavender flower, 3/4 inch in diameter with many fine rays surrounding a yellow central disk.

Tenangle Pipewort- Eriocaulon decangulare

Tenangle Pipewort (Eriocaulon decangulare) Tenangle Pipewort (Eriocaulon decangulare)

Family - Eriocaulaceae

Habitat - Bogs, Marshes, Wet Flatwoods

Description - Linear leaves 10-40 cm. long form a basal rosette, white flowered hemispheric to nearly globose inflorescences on a scape to 3 feet long.

Frostweed - Verbesina virginica L.

Frostweed Frostweed Frostweed

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Present in most upland habitats with the exception of Scrub.

Description - Florida Native plant to over eight feet high, this plant may grow as a biennial or a perennial. Also called Indian tobacco by some it was apparently used by Native Americans and early settlers as a Tobacco substitute. It gets the name "Frostweed" from the formations of ice that occur from the bases of split stems after the first frost.

Spring Ladiestresses - Spiranthes vernalis

Spring ladies tresses, plant stem Spring ladies tresses, flowers Spring ladies tresses, flower close-up

Family - Orchidaceae

Habitat - Marshes, Wet Flatwoods & Freshwater swamps throughout Florida.

Description - Grows to 25 inches tall and in spite of its common name this plant often blooms well into the summer months. Other common names include Grass-leaf Ladies Tresses and Narrow Leafed Ladies Tresses. 25 - 50 flowers are on inflorescences and are densely arranged in a single ranked formation, one sided or spiraled around the stalk. Flowers are under just 1 millimeter in diameter, tubular, white to cream colored with a yellow center. Flower petals have wavy to somewhat "ragged" appearing margins.