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Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity

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October 22, 2019

As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Butterfly Gardening, Florida Keys, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Milkweed, Milkweed Toxicity, Monarch Butterfly
A Monarch Butterfly rests on Blue Porterweed inside a butterfly house. Photo by David Austin

Milkweed, Food for Butterflies

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September 11, 2018

By David Austin with co-author Master Gardener, Lesa Morey. Milkweed is food for butterflies Milkweed is a plant best known as a specific host plant sought out by certain butterflies; notably the well-known Monarch Butterfly and lesser ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Butterfly Gardening, Highlands County, Host Plants, Insects, Master Gardeners, Milkweed, Monarch Butterfly, PolliNATION, Pollinators, Queen Butterfly

Fact Sheets: Butterflies | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown

March 25, 2018

Butterflies American Painted Lady Atala (Coontie Hairstreak, Eumaeus atala) Butterflies and Moths in North America Butterfly Gardening Eastern Comma Florida Butterflies Sheet 1 Hackberry Emperor Red-Spotted Purple Limenitis READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: American Painted Lady, Atala, Butterflies, Butterfly Gardening, Eastern Comma, Fact Sheet, Factsheet, Florida Butterflies, Hackberry Emperor, Lee County, Red-spotted Purple Limenitis, Stephen Brown

Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

October 7, 2016

A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture
Tags: Beneficials, Butterflies, Butterfly Gardening, Educational Workshop, Native Plants, Panhandle Gardening, Pollinator, Pollinators, Upcoming Events

Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star

September 22, 2016

The Florida panhandle has a treasure of native wildflowers to enjoy in every season of the year. In the late summer and fall, blazing star, also commonly known as gayfeather, can be found blooming in natural areas and along roadsides. You ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture
Tags: Blazing Star, Butterfly Gardening, Gayfeather, General Gardening, Liatris, Native Plants, Panhandle Gardening, Perennials, Pollinators, Wildflower, Wildflowers

Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis

September 24, 2015

In our demonstration garden we are enjoying the small but vibrant blooms of our state wildflower Coreopsis, also commonly known as tickseed. After many years of its use in the Florida highways beautification program, Coreopsis was adopted ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture
Tags: Annuals, Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Gardening, Coreopsis, Garden Design, General Gardening, Native Plants, Panhandle Gardening, Perennials, Pollinators, Tickseed, Wildflowers


May 12, 2015

An easy to care for perennial to add to your flower garden is the coneflower, Echinacea purpurea. The daisy-like flowers stand tall above the foliage on sturdy 2 to 4 foot stems. Blooms appear about the last part of April or the first of May ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture
Tags: Butterflies, Butterfly Gardening, Coneflower, Division, Garden Design, General Gardening, Native Plants, Panhandle Gardening, Perennials, Pollinators, Propagation, Wildlife

Purple Hyacinth Bean – What’s Old is New

May 6, 2015

Everyone is interested in growing an easy plant that offers interest all throughout the warm season. Look no further than an old favorite, the purple hyacinth bean, Lablab purpurea. An warm season annual vine that grows easily from seeds ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture
Tags: Annual Vine, Annuals, Beans, Butterflies, Butterfly Gardening, Ornamental Vine, Panhandle Gardening, Poisonous Plants, Purple-flowered Vine, Vine, Vines

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