In this Issue:
  • Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!
  • Wild Azaleas
  • The Mystery of Florida Betony
  • Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage
  • Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard
  • A Ghost in the Woods
  • Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Native plants

    Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed

    Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, has been gaining in popularity in the perennials market as it attracts adult butterflies to feed on its nectar and monarch caterpillars to feed on its leaves. Gardeners are also turning to use more Florida native plants in their landscapes. Independent or native nurseries tend to be the best source for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/11/florida-wildflowers-butterfly-weed/

    Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus

    Each time I travel to central and south Florida and observe the wonderfully flamboyant tropical flora, I am reminded of the unique and frustrating climatic characteristics of Northwest Florida.  Our weather is tropical enough through the summer to sustain virtually everything our friends to the south grow, but winters north of the Big Bend are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/heating-up-with-hardy-hibiscus/

    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

    Wild Azaleas

    There is something to be said for being a longtime resident. While it does limit ones outlook from a global perspective, it promotes focus on perfecting applicable traits which are close to home. The unique, and very pleasant, environment of north Florida is an excellent example of near perfection on a localized basis.  The weather …

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    The Mystery of Florida Betony

    If you look closely at your yard, there is a good chance that you will find a plant that, depending on who you ask, is considered either a native wildflower or a weed and there are more than a few species that fit this description. If, upon even closer inspection, you find a plant with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/the-mystery-of-florida-betony/

    Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage

    Spring wildflowers are popping up along our roadways and along woodland edges. One of our native perennial beauties you can enjoy right now is lyreleaf sage, Salvia lyrata, with spikes of tubular lavender flowers rising about a foot above the ground. The blooms, which occur late winter through late spring, attract bees and butterflies and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/florida-wildflowers-lyreleaf-sage/

    Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard

    In the river swamps of northwest Florida, the first tree to come to mind is typically the cypress. The “knees” protruding from the water are eye-catching and somewhat mysterious. Sweet bay magnolia is an easily recognizable species as well, with its silvery leaves twisting in the wind. The sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana) is a relative …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/13/blackgum-tupelo-trees-at-home-in-the-river-or-your-backyard/

    A Ghost in the Woods

    Imagine you are enjoying perfect fall weather on a hike with your family, when suddenly you come upon a ghost. Translucent white, small and creeping out of the ground behind a tree, you stop and look closer to figure out what it is you’ve just seen. In such an environment, the “ghost” you might come …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/a-ghost-in-the-woods/

    Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

    We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed species most planted has been tropical …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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