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One of four Elephantopus species, this is the only one that extends into southern Florida. It is a native perennial herb that grows to a height of 2-
This plant has large basal leaves ranging from 4-
Compact flat clusters of flowers about 1-
Although the flowers aren’t very showy, a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and pollinating insects visit this plant.
Elephantopus means “like an elephant’s foot,” referring to the large basal rosette of leaves at the base of the plant. Although the leaves are large, they really don’t resemble an elephant’s foot.
The images on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.