Monday, December 19, 2011

Florida Tasselflower

Florida Tasselflower (Emilia fosbergii) is a diminutive weedy wildflower. Native to the Old World, this readily seeding wildflower has naturalized in Florida and other southern states often traveling through the ornamental landscape trade.

On warm days, look for a variety of small insects taking nectar and pollen from these flowers. Bees and even butterflies can be observed visiting the tassel-like flowers.

These pinky purple beauties were found blooming near a retention pond at the east side of the Backwoods Forest Preserve.

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