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Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower views by Vovener… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Extension Needs Assessment

Please take 8-10 minutes to complete the UF/IFAS Brazilian peppertree biological control extension needs assessment linked below.  Brazilian peppertree is an exotic invasive tree that outcompetes native vegetation and disrupts natural processes. Because of the negative impacts to… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Broward Family Nutrition Program Recognized For Impact to Community’s Health by Broward County Commissioners

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — October is National Farm to School Month, an opportunity for thousands of schools, early care sites, farms, and government entities across the country to promote food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with… Read More

Pumpkins are the Stars of Autumn

Article and audio introduction by Samantha Kennedy, Family and Consumer Sciences Now that it is finally starting to feel like autumn here in north Florida, I have begun to see more and more fall-themed decorations. While the leaves… Read More

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County.  The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More

Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity

As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial Toxicity, a toxicity… Read More