In this Issue:
  • Let That Digger Bee Be
  • Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage
  • Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape
  • Plant Cupheas for Summer Flowers, Hummingbirds, and More
  • African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite
  • Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators
  • Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star
  • Pollinators

    Let That Digger Bee Be

    Have you noticed many little dirt piles that resemble mini ant mounds around your yard? Well, fear not, for these mini mounds are made by digger bees who are excellent, yet ephemeral, early-spring pollinators. These solitary ground-nesters are native to our area and only appear for four to six weeks to raise their offspring. Although …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/let-that-digger-bee-be/

    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/

    Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape

    Bees, butterflies and other insects play important roles as pollinators in our environment. Over 50 major crops in the United States and at least 13 crops in Florida depend on honey bees. Many native plants in natural areas also depend on insect pollinators for reproduction. In Florida, over 300 bee species play a role in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/protecting-our-pollinators-in-the-landscape/

    Plant Cupheas for Summer Flowers, Hummingbirds, and More

      Cupheas are perennials that produce bright orange, red, yellow or purple flowers all summer and fall.  Some species are called cigar plants due to their tubular, cigar shaped flowers tipped in red or yellow (like a lit cigar). Others are sometimes called firecracker plants because their cylindrical flowers are bright red or orange (looking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/17/plant-cupheas-for-summer-flowers-hummingbirds-and-more/

    African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite

    Basil is a favorite plant in the summer herb garden and an absolute must for those who enjoy fresh leaves for a sandwich or delicious homemade pesto. While we grow basils as a food enhancer, an added benefit is that those basil selections that form flowers are very attractive to pollinators.  If you would rather not …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/african-blue-basil-a-pollinator-favorite/

    Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators

    Unfortunately, reports from the National Research Council say that the long-term population trends for some North American pollinators are “demonstrably downward”. Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness.  National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017) is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/celebrating-and-attracting-pollinators/

    Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster

    Florida is home to some of the most beautiful flowering perennials. An exceptional one for the panhandle landscape is Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis) as it is showy, deer resistant and easy to care for. Unlike other perennials, it generally is evergreen in our region so it provides interest all year. The original species of Stokes’ …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/florida-natives-stokes-aster/

    Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!

    This time of year, blueberry bushes are flowering and small fruit are coming onto the wild and cultivated bushes in north Florida. Many of us, myself included, look forward to the late-spring harvest of blueberries, taking our children out to u-pick operations and digging out family recipes for blueberry-filled desserts. What many do not know, however, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/love-blueberries-thank-the-blueberry-bee/

    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – – – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/gardening-for-pollinator-conservation-workshop-october-13th-quincy-fl/

    Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star

    The Florida panhandle has a treasure of native wildflowers to enjoy in every season of the year. In the late summer and fall, blazing star, also commonly known as gayfeather, can be found blooming in natural areas and along roadsides. You can also add it to your landscape to provide beautiful fall color and interest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/22/florida-wildflowers-blazing-star/

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