Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Q:  I found this pretty, lilac wildflower growing near a ditch in my neighborhood.  Can you tell me what it is and can I dig it up and plant it in my yard.

A:  I consulted the University of Florida Herbarium to be sure my guess was correct and they agree the wildflower is probably a false dragonhead in the genus, Physostegia.  Physostegiais from Greek physa “bladder” and stege “covering”, in… Read More

Q: I have a vine in my yard that has very feathery seed heads. Do you have any idea what the plant might be called?

A:  The feathery seeds from the clematis vine are very attractive even though the flowers are no longer present. Clematis vines are among the most decorative and spectacular of flowering vines. They are a varied group of mostly woody, deciduous vines, though… Read More

Q:  What are the vines with bright yellow flowers I see blooming now?

A:  The vine you are describing is most likely Carolina jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens, and also called Yellow jessamine or Carolina jessamine. This vine is found in forest or natural areas in open woods and thickets.  Carolina jasmine is… Read More