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Category: Horticulture

Garberia – Garberia heterophylla

Garberia (Garberia heterophylla or Garberia fruiticosa) is a shrubby plant that is a member of the Asteracae or Daisy/Composite family.  The foliage of this Florida native plant is rather dull gray-green most of the year until… Read More

Climbing Aster – Aster carolinianus

Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianus aka Symphyotrichum carolinianum) The  climbing aster is one of many asters  in Florida.  In fact there are 440 different asters in Florida with 331 of them identified as native plants!  The climbing… Read More

Fringetree – Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe Tree or Old Man’s Beard (Chionanthus Virginicus) is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3A to 9B. Fringe tree is a native plant through many states, as well as Florida in North and Central Florida. … Read More

Muhly Grass – Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris) is a Florida native ornamental grass that is hardy in Florida from USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.  Mulhly grass is outstanding in landscapes throughout the year with evergreen foliage. It… Read More

Maryland Goldenaster – Chryopsis mariana

Maryland Goldenaster (Chryopsis mariana) is a Florida native perennial.  It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10, with zones 8-10 in Florida.  While you may have observed this goldenaster in the UF/IFAS Extension… Read More

Manage Thatch, Manage this Pest-Tropical Sod Webworm

Have you been bothered by small brown moths flitting around your landscape?  You may find them in your landscape year-round, but may more likely find them from August to October which can lead to negative… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – Hydroponics

What is a hydroponic system? How does it differ from traditional growing of plants? How can we try it at home? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Agent in Seminole… Read More

Perfect Excuse for a Kiss: Under the Mistletoe

The presence of Mistletoe hung as part of holiday decorations provides the perfect excuse for kissing when partners find their way conveniently or deliberately underneath mistletoe’s leaves and white berries.  While it seems that kissing… Read More

The Holidays of your Lawn and Landscape

Holidays can bring back memories from years past.  Valentine’s Day always made me think of little hand-decorated paper bags in school to collect classmates’ Valentines and a favorite candy, Conversation Hearts.  St. Patrick’s Day involved… Read More

Brown Patch: A Cool Weather Lawn Fungus

There are many reasons why warm season lawns in Central Florida may have dead or dying areas.  These problem areas can result from not only insect or disease pressure, but also from cultural problems including… Read More