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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

Fact Sheets: Butterflies | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown

Butterflies American Painted Lady Atala (Coontie Hairstreak, Eumaeus atala) Butterflies and Moths in North America Butterfly Gardening Eastern Comma Florida Butterflies Sheet 1 Hackberry Emperor Red-Spotted Purple Limenitis

Q and A: I don’t know what disease accumulates on the leaves in the following picture. Would you please identify it and tell us what we should spray it with?

From Whitney, Naples Answer: The plant is Schefflera arbooricola. The black substance is sooty mold. Certain sucking insects, notably aphids, scales, and whiteflies, suck sugary sap from plants and excrete it as a substance known as honeydew. Sugary,… Read More

Q and A: I read your comments about Gaillardia in the January and February issue of Florida Gardening magazine. Are you talking about buying the actual plants and planting them or do you mean starting them from seeds? I have had a good bit of luck harvesting the seeds from dead or spent heads in the summer, refrigerating them and then sowing them in the winter for a spring and summer bloom.

Blanket Sunflower

From Mark, by email Answer: Gaillardia pluchella, simply known as gaillardia, is a very cold tolerant native plant. As such, it can be started from seeds, or planted as young seedlings in winter without concern for cold weather… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?

Scrub Palm

From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have  been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other locations outside of… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for example, we have… Read More

Q and A: I have a piece of property with a retention pond in the front and several small wetlands in the back. I am interested in planting around these water bodies, but am unsure about where to start.

aquascaping

from Dr. M., in Fort Myers Answer: The aesthetic and wildlife habitat value of ponds and retention areas can be greatly enhanced by establishing and managing desirable plants. Aquascaping is the planting of aquatic and wetland plants in… Read More