Thistle

Les Harrison
Ag & Natural Resources Agent
County Extension Director
UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension

December 21 is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere which heralds the start of winter.

On the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position in the sky. This is a celestial event often missed by 21st century inhabitants who are otherwise occupied with modern distractions.

The native flora and fauna do not, for the most part, have these same distractions. Most indigenous plants gradually react to the waning hours of light and the moderating temperatures by sheading leaves and shifting to a dormant state.

However, some plants react to this seasonal transference by getting a jumpstart on their competition. Wakulla County’s thistles are one such plant. Read More About It….

 

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