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Category: Invasive Species

Q:  I would like to know when to prune my Mexican Petunia so it will produce more flowers.

Mexican petunia

A:  Mexican Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, also called Britton’s wild petunia is classified as an invasive for Florida according to the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/ruebri.html).  It is sold in nurseries everywhere but it easily escapes into… Read More

Q: I don’t see the small green lizards here anymore. I used to see them all the time when I moved here ten years ago. They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety. What happened?

A: Most likely what you are now seeing is the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Apparently this lizard was first detected in 1887 in the Florida Keys but has become fully established within the last 10 years.  An… Read More