Some plants can be both beautiful and toxic at the same time. This includes the castor bean, Ricinus communis, a common invasive plant. Still commercially grown in some areas of the world for its industrial uses, castor beans have also been ... READ MORE
Creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata) is a common Florida weed that has properties that are toxic to livestock, especially horses. As its name implies, creeping indigo grows very close to the grown in a sprawling manner. This ... READ MORE
Groundcherry - Weed of the Week
Groundcherry, sometimes referred to as Cutleaf Groudncherry, is a broadleaf plant found in disturbed or heavily grazed areas. It can be toxic to livestock.
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Curly Dock - Weed of the Week
Curly Dock is a perennial broadleaf weed that prefers seasonally moist areas and has a strong tap root. The seed can remain dormant and viable for up to 80 years, and the plant is capable of flowering two or more ... READ MORE
Today we offer some information about the effects of the algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon. Specifically, what can business operators do to mitigate their loss of income?
Will Your Business Be Interrupted?
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In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes. These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last year's eggs. ... READ MORE
A: It could have easily been elderberry but after looking over the site and sending photographs to the University of Florida, we determined the plant to most likely be a water hemlock. Water hemlock, Cicuta maculata, is the most violently toxic ... READ MORE
A: I suspect you are referring to the Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. Buttonbush grows as a shrub or small tree - typically growing 10 or 20 feet tall. This plant is deciduous, losing its leaves for 1 or 2 months in winter. Buttonbush ... READ MORE
A: Both wild and domesticated varieties of azalea can be toxic to animals. The severity of the symptoms will differ depending on the size of the animal and how much was ingested. It would be unusual for dogs or cats to ingest azalea leaves if ... READ MORE
Q: I purchased some land filled with trees, but I noticed many of them have mistletoe in the branches. What can you tell me about mistletoe?
A: Mistletoe is not like typical plants, which obtain support, water and nutrients from the soil ... READ MORE