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UF research verifies consumers want wildlife-friendly plants


April 6, 2022

Consumers want to buy plants that enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with fauna in their landscapes, preliminary University of Florida research shows. To help meet consumer demand, UF/IFAS researchers want to assure consumers that those ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication, Bernie Mach, Caroline Nickerson, Consumers, Entomology And Nematology, Growers, Jaret Daniels, Laura Warner, Milkweed, Monarch Butterfly, Nurseries, Pollinator Friendly Plants, UF-certified, Urban Landscape Summit, Wildlife-friendly Plants
a bee visiting a flower

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action


May 6, 2020

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators. Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to welcome pollinators and help them find food sources ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Puddling, FFL, Firefush, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gaillardia, Landscape Renovation, Milkweed, Monarchs, Native Plants, Plumbago, Pollinators, Zinnias
butterfly on orange flower

Successful Butterfly Gardening


March 24, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to add color to your landscape. A butterfly garden can accomplish this goal, and here’s what you need to do. First, find out what butterflies live in your area and concentrate on attracting them to your yard. Here ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Butterflies, Butterfly, Butterfly Garden, Caterpillar, Florida Butterflies, Milkweed, Monarch, Ocextension, Pollinators
Tropical milkweed

Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity


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
Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

Aaaahhhh – Aphids!


February 15, 2019

Aphids are a very common garden pest. They feed by piercing leaves and sucking out the juices. This can cause leaves to crinkle and curl, especially on new flushes of growth.   Aphids excrete a fluid that contains a lot of sugars. ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: #ufbugs, Aphids, Beneficial Insects, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Good Bugs, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Milkweed, Monarch, Pest Management, Pests, Pollinator Gardens
A Monarch Butterfly rests on Blue Porterweed inside a butterfly house. Photo by David Austin

Milkweed, Food for Butterflies


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

Florida-Friendly Plants- Butterfly Milkweed


August 17, 2018

When it comes to weeds in the garden, I can't think of one more beloved by gardeners than the milkweeds and for good reason. With their beautiful flowers and importance to butterflies, it's easy to see why they are sought after and one of the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Asclepias, Butterfly, Butterfly Weed, Florida Friendly, Larva, Milkweed, Monarch, Native, Nectar, Tuberosa

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