Spermacoce verticillata?  
I've seen my White Peacock:
White Peacock Butterfly Nectars On Spermacoce verticillata wildflower
and Queen Butterflies sip nectar from (these presumed) Spermacoce verticillata flowers, so I let some of them grow in my garden areas even though they're weeds.
I use Spermacoce verticillata, Desmodium, Spanish Needles, and a few other useful weeds as an excuse
Spermacoce Verticillata weed
Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
to procrastinate weed-eating around the trees that are more hidden in the back yard. I think of the slightly unsightly overgrown spots as butterfly islands. I do tend them, but not nearly as often as I do the front yard, and the butterflies seem to appreciate my neglect.

    Up close, the Spermacoce verticillata flowers are quite interesting and pretty. The tiny white ball consists of lots of miniature individual flowers that open a few at a time so they're a long lasting mini-bouquet:

I kept my Spermacoce verticillata for my butterflies, but I've noticed bees, a red-eyed fly, and an odd red-tailed bug enjoy nectar from them too, and I have good reason to REALLY like that red-tailed bug now that I know what it is (a Larra Wasp; details below.)
Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Larra Wasp sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Most of my plants were reasonably easy to identify, but this one is still bugging me.  I've found lots of sources that lead me to believe that it's
Spermacoce verticillata, which isn't a Florida native plant, but there are other species of Spermacoce down here, and I haven't been able to find a key or way to tell for sure which species mine is.
Wow!!!!! Thank you Doc Charlotte! Thank you so much for checking on it and letting me know how to tell them apart.

{Update: someone PLEASE email me clear specific directions to measure the corolla of a flower. The corolla is the petal part, and I need to measure the tube; is that the length (from where to where, do I pluck out the white part, or measure from the lowest spot I can see?), width (lol, at which spot? It's trumpet shaped! Obviously I need clear detailed specific direction; anyone up to that?}

Syngamia florella Moth sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Butterflies and Lara Wasps aside, there are other little critters that benefit from this wildflower. The Syngamia florella Moth to the left, and the green bee and other bees below enjoy Spermacoce verticillata nectar too.
This green bee wasn't a very cooperative subject; I have better green bee pictures.
I think this stink bug is Proxys punctulatus:

...and below a paper wasp is finally giving my caterpillars a break:

Green Bee sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Bee sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Proxys punctulatus stink bug sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Honeybee sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
Paper wasp sips nectar from Spermacoce Verticillata wildflower
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