Florida Tassel Flower, Florida Tasselflower, Cupid's Shaving Brush

Emilia fosbergii

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Emilia (ih-MEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: fosbergii (fos-BER-gee-eye) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida (2 reports)

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Deland, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Hawthorne, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Summerfield, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 12, 2012, DonFtMyers from Fort Myers, FL wrote:

This wildflower has been growing naturally in my urban yard for at least the last 58 years. It provides a nice splash of red.


On Jul 13, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This weed has been in my yard since I moved here but I thought nothing of it and carelessly plucked them out of the ground. However this winter I noticed how much the butterflies love them! The monarchs and queens actually flock to this flower more than they do to my milkweed! So now I love this flower, and I'm going to transplant it into my butterfly garden.

Not native to Florida, it is thought to be native to east or central Africa.


On Mar 18, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I tend to leave this "weed" to grow where it will. I enjoy the small, bright red dot that it provides amongst other plant groupings. It is especially welcome in my patch of dianthus (pinks) as an occasional accent of red. I've even transplanted some of these plants successfully to add to my collection of red flowering plants in the hummingbird garden.

I think it has potential for development as an ornamental plant. If the size of the flower head could be increased through selective breeding, it would make an interesting and unusually shaped red flower.


On Mar 6, 2005, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a happy carefree plant that showed up in our gardens last year. The butterflies just adore it.
Seems to preferr full sun and little care. Does well in sandy soils as well as in rich composte.