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Category: Invasive Species

Master Gardener Volunteers on… Mexican petunias

An assortment of petunias: "Purple showers," Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex), and wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)

By Renee Stevens Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex, syn. Ruellia brittoniana) has a lot going for it. This native of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America is a colorful blue-to-purple… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… invasive plants

Invasive air potato vines crowd out native Florida plant species. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS]

By Jill Halman Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida. What a wonderful place to live. Beaches, sunshine, water. And an amazing array of beautiful, colorful plants that can thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, flowering… Read More

Providing science-based programming to schools

By Dr. Katherine Clements, Sophia Moundous, Sarah Davis, Lee Hayes Byron, and contributors from all program areas UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County provides many opportunities for educational programming – not only for adults in our community,… Read More

New research brings to light a novel threat to our native species

Giant invasive snakes: The problem with invasive species By now, we have all heard of the giant invasive snakes, such as the Burmese pythons now found in Everglades National Park. Like many animal species that… Read More

Give the gift of nature, with a Master Naturalist class

For the outdoor adventurer, naturalist, environmental enthusiast, or educator, a Florida Master Naturalist class is the gift that keeps on giving. Each class, whether taken in Sarasota County or any location throughout Florida, is a… Read More

Love is in the air… and all over the car windshield

The few things we can count on in Florida in the spring – heat, humidity, sunshine, and lovebugs. Yes, those small, black bugs that are everywhere, but especially splattered across the front of our cars. You… Read More