Some invasive plants can radically alter landscapes making them look like monocultures, alien, or even
relatively ugly. In South Florida, Brazilian pepper and old-world climbing fern come to mind. However, there are exceptions. The cat’s-claw ... READ MORE
The Queen is dripping. The waterfall of purple flowers cascading over trellises and featured in spring selfies is known as Queen’s Wreath. This tropical vine commands attention. Wrapping and twining up a supporting structure, these sandpapery ... READ MORE
Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is native to Florida. It is also the official Florida state tree. This beautiful tree can be found growing in landscapes and natural areas throughout the state. Oftentimes, other plants such as ferns and vines ... READ MORE
During one of my recent photo safaris to the Nature Park in Punta Gorda, the coral honeysuckle vine display took center stage attention with a wall of flowers. Vines like the coral honeysuckle take your landscape into the next ... READ MORE
Q: What is the name of the vine-like weed growing in my turfgrass? They are not difficult to pull up but it does smell unpleasant when it is disturbed. I have never seen it flower.
A: After bringing me this specimen, it was easy to identify ... READ MORE
A: Thank you for bringing it in, it made the identification much easier. You have dodder plant, which belongs to the genus Cuscuta. There are more than 150 species of dodder plants worldwide. They are unusual plants because they do not possess ... READ MORE
Q: My friend brought me this beautiful vine from south Florida. She says it has clusters of purple flowers on it from late spring through the fall. What can you tell me about it?
A: This plant identification would have been difficult had ... READ MORE
A: The feathery seeds from the clematis vine are very attractive even though the flowers are no longer present. Clematis vines are among the most decorative and spectacular of flowering vines. They are a varied group of mostly woody, deciduous ... READ MORE
A: The vine you are describing is most likely Carolina jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens, and also called Yellow jessamine or Carolina jessamine. This vine is found in forest or natural areas in open woods and thickets. Carolina jasmine is native ... READ MORE
Aristolochia littoralis or calico flower is a cultivated ornamental vine. Native to Brazil, calico flower is grown for its colorful and unique pipe-shaped flowers. Herbal preparations have been used for various ailments ... READ MORE