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Packera glabella


Synonym: Senecio glabellus

Florida native


Butterweed is found in wet places through much of Florida, except for the most northeastern counties and a few other scattered areas of the state. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States up the Atlantic coast to Maryland, west to Texas, north to South Dakota and up the Ohio River valley into Kentucky and Ohio. Previously known to occur in Ontario, but presumed extirpated.
Packera glabella is a common annual which can reach nearly a meter in height, but is usually shorter. In the Florida peninsula it can begin blooming in the winter, elsewhere mid-spring to mid-summer. The stem is hollow, smooth, ribbed and succulent with alternate leaves reduced upward. The leaves are pinately divided with the end segment being the largest. The yellow flowers are numerous in corymbs with toothed rays and linear bracts.

Packera glabella is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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