Random Plant: Bushy seaside oxeye

Bushy seaside oxeye (Borrichia frutescens, Asteraceae) photographed 04/10/2012 at Biscayne National Park, Florida.

Last week I came across quite a few of these bushy seaside oxeyes (Borrichia frutescens, Asteraceae) at Biscayne National Park.  Their tolerance to salt allows them to grow along the Florida coast rather than inland.  They’re also found elsewhere along the Atlantic from Texas to Maryland.

As with many asters they serve as a nectar source for insects.  This oxeye is known to attract butterflies, especially the salt marsh skipper (Lepidoptera:  Hesperiidae:  Panoquina panoquin).  

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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