This lawn weed
has tiny flowers that look pink, or white, or even a tiny
bit purple depending on the light, or perhaps the plant, or the age of
the flower. It's all over Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Southeast
http://www.curevents.com posted the name of this pink weed. Thanks Mosaic!
I found it here too:
http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/ricgra.html and was sad to see that it is
not a Florida native plant. Lots of butterflies, like this
Gulf Fritillary, and other
moths and critters sip nectar from it, so even though it isn't a native, and some folks
call it a weed and spend a lot of time and effort and money trying to
get rid of it, I'll keep mowing around little bits of it when it's
flowering to provide additional food for my butterflies.
I put this photo up, and went outside with the camera to grab a picture
of the leaves of this (when I made the page) mystery plant. I walked and
walked, staring at the lawn, but there wasn't a single one in bloom. I
did find and photograph bacopa, which I
suppose you could confuse with this if you were looking just for pinkish
flowers, but bacopa has five rounded petals, and this has six pointy
ones. That's helpful, because now I'll make the
. (Update, I
made the page.)
Then I saw a
crescent butterfly, and chased it for a bit, but it
got away before I got a picture; fortunately I have other photos of them.
I wonder what the neighbors think... I peer at the lawn, crouched
down with the camera, and then leap up and run in odd circles chasing
something they can't see...
It bugged me... I went for a drive and found some to photograph.
The butterfly on the left is a
The stems are round and hairy. It's a tough little plant, not at all
tender and easy to break like some softer weeds.
It's little plants
like this Richardia grandiflora that keep me from using weed killer in
my lawn; it's fun to see what comes to visit them.
To see more of
what sips from my Fairy Cups, have a look at Richardia grandiflora Page