I searched for the name of this tiny purple-blue flower that pops up
here and there in my yard, and Florida Ironweed looks like my plant. The
flower consists of a bunch of tiny individual flowers, each with five
A Cassius Blue Butterfly
paused briefly on my Ironweed, so I put it on my
Nectar Plants page, although I haven't noticed any butterflies pause
on it since.
Most of the little weed-like flowers I look up are not Florida Native
Plants, so I was delighted to find out that this one is.
Ironweed flowers are extremely small; they really pushed the limits of
my photography skills. This picture shows how little depth of field you
get when magnifying a shot, even with a really high f-stop.
It looks like each tiny flower in the cluster makes one seed. Each seed
has a circle of silk hairs to help it catch the breeze and journey to a