A: The pest you are referring to is probably Clathrus columnatus, which is commonly called Squid stinkhorn mushroom or “Dead Man’s Fingers”. A stinkhorn grows within an enclosed structure or membrane that looks similar to an egg. When the… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
A: Faith M. Oi, Assistant Extension Scientist, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department offers the best answer and I am using part of her response to answer your question. “…the greater risk to structures is from termites… 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
A: The growth is lichen which is a combination of algae and fungi which is called symbiosis. The alga provides the food and lichen supplies the protection in the form of a home. Hand pulling the lichen off… 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
A: Aside for letting her know the tree is on the Florida Exotic Plant Pest Council (FLEPPC) list, not really. It is on her property and most likely it came up as a volunteer. I have attached the… Read More
Q: One of my neighbors told me to use Dawn detergent on my tomato plants to kill the insects. Will that help?
Q: One of my neighbors told me to use Dawn detergent on my tomato plants to kill the insects. Will that help? But another neighbor said I should call you. A: I am so glad you called because… Read More
Q: What is the difference between the ground cover called Purple Heart and the purple colored plant called wandering jew? A: Purple heart, Setcreasea pallid, is a perennial native to North America, can be grown in full sun… Read More
Q: What can you tell me about the green and white flax plant I keep seeing pop up all over town – even in commercial sites?
A: I believe you are referring to variegated flax lily, Dianella tasmanica variegate. The most important factor of this plant, and probably why you are seeing it everywhere, is its drought tolerance. Plus, it is not picky about… Read More
A: Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia spp., is hardy for zones 8a-9a, which incorporates all of Nassau County. It can be used as a ground cover or border plant as it grows no higher than 6 inches. Creeping Jenny will… Read More