Florida Ironweed Vernonia blodgettii
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 petals.

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.

The seed heads form tiny Dandelion-like puffballs that blow in the wind.
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.
Florida Ironweed Flower
Florida Ironweed, Vernonia blodgettii
Florida Ironweed Leaf
Florida Ironweed Flowers
Florida Ironweed Flower
Florida Ironweed Seed Head
Florida Ironweed Seed Head
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 new home.
Florida Ironweed Seeds
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