In this Issue:
  • Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop
  • Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants
  • Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant
  • Fire Ants in the Garden
  • Purple Triangles in the Trees
  • Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem
  • Native vs. Invasive Plants
  • Is That Cotton Growing in My Trees?
  • Invasive Species

    Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop

    Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts. Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The …

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    Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants

    One of the main Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles is to plant the right plant in the right place. In Florida, not only does this apply to the zone you’re in, soils you have, and light conditions in your garden, but also ensuring that invasive, exotic plant species are not used. While most of us have heard …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/know-how-to-choose-florida-friendly-plants/

    Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes

    As an extension agent, I’m always curious of what plants folks are using in the landscape. One plant I’ve been noticing more and more of in north Florida, both in containers and in landscape beds, is asparagus fern. Three different plant species go by the name asparagus fern – Sprenger’s fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), foxtail fern …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/29/prevent-asparagus-fern-escapes/

    Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

    A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

    Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant

    North Florida gardeners have many non-native, invasive plants to deal with, but none quite as stinky as skunkvine (Paederia foetida). As the name implies, skunkvine has a noticeable smell, especially when the leaves are crushed, and it is an aggressive-growing vine, capable of smothering desirable landscape plants. Gardeners should learn to recognize and control this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/skunkvine-a-stinky-invasive-plant/

    Fire Ants in the Garden

      There’s nothing worse than sinking your fingers into your garden soil to dig up a potato, plant a seedling, or pull up a radish, and be met with a sharp, painful sting, and little red critters rocketing up your arms. If you are a gardener in the panhandle, my bet is that you know …

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    Purple Triangles in the Trees

    From time to time I am reminded of how little I know.  Honestly, I am reminded on a daily basis. A few weeks ago someone asked me about the purple things hanging from the trees. Luckily, the person gave me some good southern directions on where I could find one of these things hanging around …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/24/purple-triangles-in-the-trees/

    Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem

    Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the ensuing years it has since escaped cultivation and become established in hardwood hammocks and other moist woods of natural areas and grazing lands. Specimens have been collected from 19 …

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    Native vs. Invasive Plants

      According to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, there are more than 4,200 plant species naturally occurring in the state.  Nearly 3,000 are considered native.  The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) defines native plants as “those species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/03/22/native-vs-invasive-plants/

    Is That Cotton Growing in My Trees?

    With the cotton harvest coming to an end, it’s not unusual to see cotton littered on the sides of the road.  You may also think you see it hanging in the trees, but you will be pleasantly surprised to find a hidden gem.  Woodbine (Clematis virginiana) and coastal virgin’s bower (Clematis catesbyana) are two native …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/16/is-that-cotton-growing-in-my-trees/

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