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Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Nandina (Nandina domestica)

Nandina (Nandina domestica) Nandina, or heavenly bamboo, started in the landscape and now appears throughout some of our natural areas. This evergreen shrub grows upright and produces bright red berry clusters, similar to Coral Ardisia. It reaches heights… Read More

Plant this not that: a new guide to protect Florida

Florida’s climate makes a cozy environment for a variety of plant species. The downside is that invasive and potentially destructive species often try to call Florida home, too. A new guide developed by UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County outlines… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Mimosa Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin)

Mimosa Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin) I’ll be the first to admit – this is a beautiful tree. Unfortunately, it is highly invasive. You can easily see this tree sprinkled throughout the landscape because of its beautiful flowers and… Read More

Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agricultural Extension Agent III, The Peanut Butter Challenge, UF/IFAS Extension’s annual jar collection for local food pantries that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is again spreading statewide this year.  Unopened… Read More

Getting Older Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom in the Garden

Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Jenny Lorch Two years ago, my husband and myself bought a home with a big garden in Crawfordville, Florida.  There were several amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum) plants that looked good, but weren’t… Read More

Tropical Fruit—Canistel

Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Canistel by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Canistel Botanical name: Pouteria campechiana Family: Sapotaceae Some good varieties: Fairchild #1, Oro, Trompo, Bruce About the fruit: The fruit is bright… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtnoii)

Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtnonii) The Mother of Millions gets its name because of the hundreds of offspring it produces and spreads across the landscape. This specific plant has been problematic for Nassau County’s coastal ecosystems by… Read More

Learn about invasive species in free virtual workshop

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss invasive species, live on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option to tune in… Read More