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Tasselflower, Florida Emilia fosbergii

The Florida Tasselflower is a common non-native weed found along roadsides and in many lawns throughout central and southern Florida.

This plant is a herbaceous perennial that can grow to a height of 2-3 feet.  A central stem emerges from a cluster of basal leaves with toothed margins.  This central stem may or may not branch.  

A small cylindrical flower head is produced at the top of each stem.  This head contains numerous, maybe 60 or more, pinkish-colored disk florets that are held by green bracts.  After the flowers are matured, white fluffy dandelion-type seeds are produced that float away with the wind.

These plants, which bloom year-round, attract many small insects and small butterflies.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.