Zoom into the Florida Paintbrush Virtually as a Bee

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Florida Paintbrush, Carphephorus corymbosus, is a perennial herb that has showy violet-colored flowers that resemble an artists paintbrush. It is in the Asteraceae or aster family, which includes the daisies and sunflowers. The striking flowers bloom in fall and consist of a compact head of small, bright purplish, tubular florets, each with a star shaped opening and long protruding stigmas. They are an important fall food source for pollinators, including bees, wasps and butterflies. Despite its delicate appearance, this native wildflower is drought tolerant and it occurs in sand hills or sandy open pine woodlands. Available at local, native nurseries it makes a great addition to butterfly gardens.

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