‘Ghost’ is a hybrid fern which was developed from a cross between Athyrium niponicum var. pictum and Athyrium filix-femina. It gets the popular name Ghost because of the silvery color of the outer edge of the fronds. When… Read More
Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping
I have a very shaded lot and I have been adding ferns to my landscape. I know this is a silly question, but I want to know why they call my most recent purchase an autumn fern.
No question is silly if you are curious about the answer. Dryopteris erythrosora, Autumn Fern, is also commonly known as Japanese Shield Fern. It has a slow spreading habit and an ability to tolerate neglect which makes it… Read More
I believe the plant is a perennial called Lizard’s tail, Saururus cernuus. Lizard’s-tail is a common emersed plant. It can be found as far north as Canada and west to Texas and to south Florida. Lizard’s tail is… Read More
These creatures are actually terrestrial amphipods which belong to an order of crustacea. They look very similar to tiny shrimp therefore they were given the common name of lawn shrimp. Most amphipods live in salt and fresh water… Read More
I was glad you were able to show me a close-up photo of this plant. Although it took me a little while to remember it, I finally realized the shrub was Japanese serissa or Yellow rim, Serissa foetida…. Read More
This is one of those plants where some people call it a weed and others call it a wildflower. Acalypha virginica, Three-seed mercury plant, is a native annual and we here in Nassau County, Florida will begin to… Read More
The Dioon edule is a cycad similar to its cousin the sago palm. Dioon edule is also known as the Chestnut Dioon or Virgin palm. The Chestnut dioon is originally from Mexico. In its homeland, Dioon is accustom to harsh,… Read More
The sand pine, Pinus clausa, is a native pine tree and a relative of the common Florida slash pine. The sand pine has shorter needles, is shorter in height than its cousin and does not live as long… Read More
Swamp dogwood, Cornus foemina is found frequently throughout Florida’s wet hammocks, along the edges of swamps and floodplain forests. It has the potential to grow to 15 feet high, with stiff, upright branches, reddish-purplish stems; dark green leaves… Read More
Q: I am able to get a Florida dogwood and I wanted to be sure it would grow here. I have filtered light and a slightly moist soil condition.
A: The Florida Dogwood, Cornus florida, would be a great choice since you are purchasing it from a local plant nursery. This means it was most likely grown here in Florida. Filtered light is perfect and the sandy… Read More