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The Orange Milkwort, sometimes called Candy Weed, is found throughout many of the southeastern states.  It is a Florida native and found throughout most of the state except for the southern tip.  It likes to grow in moist sandy soil and is found along moist roadsides, wet pine flatwoods, and sandy bogs.

Although small, its bright orange color makes it stand out.  It consists of a compact, head-like cluster of small orange flowers situated at the top of a leafy stem.  The average height is about 6-10 inches and the flower cluster is about an inch across.  The leaves are oblong in shape.  Bloom time is typically from June through October.

The distribution maps for Orange Milkwort are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).