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Tag: Central Florida

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County.  The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More

Industry Spotlight: Cherrylake

Out of 1,800 acres statewide, Cherrylake has over 1,000 acres of rolling hills of ornamental tree production in Groveland, Florida. The main farm consists of seemingly endless rows of manicured oaks, maples, elms, bald cypress, magnolias, crape myrtles… Read More

April showers…?

What image comes to mind when you hear the term “drought-tolerant plant?”   Ugh. Unfortunately, there are a handful of common misconceptions about drought-tolerant landscaping that just won’t go away. Too often, the phrase “drought-tolerant” immediately conjures up… Read More

Request a speaker for your adult or youth group

Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, club, or school classroom? Consider a gardening program from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.  We have a variety of gardening and landscaping programs for all ages. To request a… Read More

Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Jared Fuqua

This week, we would like to spotlight Jared Fuqua, an undergraduate plant science student here at the UF IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka. Jared started his schooling at Valencia College then transferred into the UF… Read More