Fabulous in Summer Heat Two summers ago a friend presented me with an African Blue basil. Over time, it has become one of my favorite flowering plants. It’s low maintenance, easy to propagate, a prolific bloomer and perfect… Read More
Do you plant with pollinators in mind, or are you an accidental pollinator? If you choose plants based on flowers, you may be choosing plants for pollinators without knowing it. Master Gardener Molly Griner took a quick walk through… Read More
A: It is often very difficult to identify plants but the sample you brought to me was easier as it had an unusual flower. You plant is a curcuma which is a genus in Zingiberaceae or ginger family…. Read More
Q: I am seeing clusters of blue flowers which look similar to phlox along the roadsides. Were these areas seeded?
A: Some of our median areas have been seeded with wildflowers but phlox generally likes partial shady sites so these areas are not a favorite. We do have a native phlox so I suspect it is the flower… Read More
Q: I have this pretty vine in a wooded area behind my house. The flowers are purple and they are about an inch long. They look similar to a large pea flower. Do you have any idea what… Read More
A: The best way to prevent the occurrence of bulb rots is to make the sure the planting site is prepared so it will be well drained. Avoid planting in areas that are poorly drained or that collect… Read More
Q: I am seeing a very pretty purple wildflower growing along the roadside here in Northeast Florida, what is it?
Q: I am seeing a very pretty purple wildflower growing along the roadside here in Northeast Florida, what is it? A: I believe you are referring to the blue mist flower (possibly Conoclinium coelestinum), which is a common… Read More
Q: What are the white wildflowers growing along the roadside all around town? They look like small daisies. A : You are probably referring to the White Beggar-ticks (Bidens alba) plant. Beggar-tick is not a very flattering name… Read More
Q: I noticed these wildflowers growing along a wooded area near my home. They look similar to the “Whirling Butterfly” plant also called Gaura which I have purchased at a local garden center. Do you know what they… Read More
A: Beach Sunflower, Helianthus debilis, is a spreading perennial producing attractive, small sunflower-like flower heads which bloom throughout the year. This is a terrific plant for attracting a variety of birds and butterflies. It reaches up to 18… Read More