Florida paintbrushes

Florida paintbrushes (Carphephorus corymbosus), also known as coastal plain chaffheads, grow in our open areas. Like blazing stars, these flowers are in the Aster family.

Florida paintbrushes get their common name from their beautiful lavender flower heads that seem to “paint” the landscape during fall months. These flowers occur in well-drained, sandy soils like scrublands and flatwoods. These plants are drought-tolerant and very popular with butterflies. Florida paintbrushes are deciduous perennials, which means they die back in the winter only to reappear as the weather gets warmer.