A: Hollyhock, Althaea rose, can indeed be grown here as an annual or perennial. Many garden enthusiasts love to start hollyhocks from seed but they are also a good choice for beginning gardeners. They should be planted in… Read More
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Q: I have two, three year old hibiscus plants. They are in full sun with a southern exposure. The foliage is dark green and very healthy. I fertilize about once a month with azalea fertilizer. The plants produce… Read More
A: Hibiscus mutabilis, Confederate Rose is an old-fashioned perennial or shrub hibiscus. Flowers are double and are 4 to 6 inches in diameter; they open white or pink, and change to deep red by evening. Bloom season usually… Read More
Q: I found this in my neighbor’s yard. It grows about waist height – can you tell me what it is? My friend says it is a hibiscus but it doesn’t look like the leaf of any hibiscus… Read More
A: I believe you are thinking about Ornamental cabbage or Flowering kale, Brassica oleracea, which comes in a variety of colors from pale green to shades of red and purple. This is a cool season ornamental for us,… Read More
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: My neighbor has a pretty, delicate vine growing in her yard. The vine has fine, feathery leaves and a bright red flower. It is blooming now. Do you have any idea what it is? A: Normally, it… Read More
A: Thanks for bringing in a specimen of this large plant. It most likely belongs to the genus, Crotalaria. There are approximately 600 species of Crotalaria worldwide. I believe your plant is a Showy rattlebox. If it is… Read More
A: I suspect you are referring to the perennial plant also called Alumroot, Heuchera sanguine, which produces a flower on a long, slender stalk in the spring but the flowers are short lived. However, the foliage on these… 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