Tag: native plants

Wildflowers, What’s Blooming Series: Carnivorous Plants

While most plants get eaten by bugs, these plants do the eating!  In this issue of Wildflowers: What’s Blooming, we explore native carnivorous plants of Florida.  These special plants obtain their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals (typically… Read More

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels and helping anchor… Read More

Fact Sheets | Native Plants of Southwest Florida | Stephen Brown | Lee County Extension

Native Plants of Southwest Florida     Library of Native Plants: Fact Sheets & Video Links – OLD LINKS (Needs to be Updated)     Bark Exfoliation of South Florida Trees     Bay Cedar (Suriana maritima)     Beach Sunflower (Helianthus Debilis)     Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)     Blackroot (Pterocaulon pycnostachyum)… Read More

EVENT: Master Gardener Educational Garden Workshop Series | starts Jan. 10, 2019

DEAR GARDEN ENTHUSIAST! Welcome to the 2019 Educational Garden Workshop Series hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Collier County Program. We seek to educate the public in gardening practices for the SW Florida climate and to… Read More

Native Ornamental Grasses for Central Florida

Conversations about grass, do not usually include the use of ornamental grasses.  Discussions about grass usually involve the trials and tribulations of maintaining turfgrass and either how green and healthy it looks or the brown spots and insects… Read More

Wildflower, weed, … or groundcover?

Often, the question of “wildflower vs. weed” is a matter of location. I recently decided to test that concept with the native succulent “weed” Portulaca pilosa, a.k.a. pink purslane.     Trivia factoid #1 – One nickname for… Read More