Management of Brazilian Pepper-tree, Melaleuca and other invasive plants is often necessary in South Florida’s natural areas. This vegetation, if not properly maintained, can lead to increased fire hazards, loss of native biodiversity and changes in hydrology. Improper… Read More
The air potato vine can reach 60 feet in a single season. One may encounter the twining climbing vine along the forest edge, hammocks, disturbed areas and roadsides. The exotic air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) is simple to… Read More
Q: I’ve been told melaleuca mulch can cause allergies and smells terrible. Should we be concerned about adding it to the landscape? A: Melaleuca, Melaleuca quinquenervia, also known as punk tree, paperbark tree, or cajeput, is an invasive,… Read More
Q: I have some plant growing around my retention pond and it appears to be getting out of control. I was thinking it was some type of elephant ear. Can you identify it for me? A: Thank you… Read More
Q: What is the name of the vine-like weed growing in my turfgrass? They are not difficult to pull up but it does smell unpleasant when it is disturbed. I have never seen it flower. A: After bringing… Read More
Q: I have a short, dark green plant popping up in several places in my yard. It has red berries hanging on it. Can you tell me what it is? A: Thanks for bringing samples into the office… Read More
Q: I just moved here and I have this tree in my yard which has clusters of white seed pods. What is it and should I be concerned?
Q: I just moved here and I have this tree in my yard which has clusters of white seed pods. I am also seeing loads of seedlings all underneath the canopy. What is it and should I be… Read More
Q: I found this evergreen shrub at one of our beach public access areas. Can you tell me what it is?
Q: I found this evergreen shrub at one of our beach public access areas. I would normally not have noticed it but with most of the plants brown from the winter it happened to stand out. Can you… Read More
Did you know it is very dangerous for your cat to be outside? Cats left outside are attacked and killed by dogs, coyotes and other predators. They frequently get in fights and are scratched, bitten, maimed, infected and… Read More
Q: I bought a pink Mexican petunia and it has taken over my yard. I am finding it every where. What can I do to get rid of it? A: Truly this plant is a pest in our… Read More