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Garberia – Garberia heterophylla


December 14, 2021

Garberia (Garberia heterophylla or Garberia fruiticosa) is a shrubby plant that is a member of the Asteracae or Daisy/Composite family. The foliage of this Florida native plant is rather dull gray-green most of the year until the fall when ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Garberia, Lavendar Fall Blooms, Shrubs, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Climbing Aster – Aster carolinianus


December 14, 2021

Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianus aka Symphyotrichum carolinianum) The climbing aster is one of many asters in Florida. In fact there are 440 different asters in Florida with 331 of them identified as native plants! The climbing aster ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Wildlife
Tags: Aster, Asters, Climbing Aster, Fall Blooming Perennial, Native Plant, Pollinator Plants, Purple Flowers, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Fringetree – Chionanthus virginicus


December 14, 2021

Fringe Tree or Old Man's Beard (Chionanthus Virginicus) is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3A to 9B. Fringe tree is a native plant through many states, as well as Florida in North and Central Florida. It can reach up to 20 feet with a spread ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Wildlife
Tags: Chinonanthus Virginicus, Demonstration Garden, Fringe Tree, Native Plant, Old Man's Beard, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Muhly Grass – Muhlenbergia capillaris


December 14, 2021

Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris) is a Florida native ornamental grass that is hardy in Florida from USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11. Mulhly grass is outstanding in landscapes throughout the year with evergreen foliage. It is particulary attracitve ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Grass With Red Blooms In Fall, Native Grass, Ornamental Grass, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Maryland Goldenaster – Chryopsis mariana


December 14, 2021

Maryland Goldenaster (Chryopsis mariana) is a Florida native perennial. It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10, with zones 8-10 in Florida. While you may have observed this goldenaster in the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Demonstration ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Crysopsis, Goldenaster, Maryland Goldenaster, Native Plant Garden, Native Plants, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Yellow Aster

Manage Thatch, Manage this Pest-Tropical Sod Webworm


December 13, 2021

Have you been bothered by small brown moths flitting around your landscape? You may find them in your landscape year-round, but may more likely find them from August to October which can lead to negative impacts to the health to your warm season ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brown Moths, Caterpillars In Turf, Turf Damage, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

Water Wednesdays Recap – Hydroponics


December 21, 2020

What is a hydroponic system? How does it differ from traditional growing of plants? How can we try it at home? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Agent in Seminole County, Dr. Morgan Pinkerton to give an introduction ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Water
Tags: Food Systems, Hydroponics, Morgan Pinkerton, UF IFAS Extension Water Agents, Urban Agriculture, Urban Food Systems, Water, Water RSA, Water Wednesdays, Yilin Zhuang
green leaves with white berries

Perfect Excuse for a Kiss: Under the Mistletoe


November 30, 2020

The presence of Mistletoe hung as part of holiday decorations provides the perfect excuse for kissing when partners find their way conveniently or deliberately underneath mistletoe’s leaves and white berries. While it seems that kissing under ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Great Purple Hairstreak, Hairstreak Butterfly, Kissing Under Mistletoe, Mistletoe, Parasite, Poisonous Plant, Purple Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak Larva

The Holidays of your Lawn and Landscape


November 19, 2020

Holidays can bring back memories from years past. Valentine’s Day always made me think of little hand-decorated paper bags in school to collect classmates’ Valentines and a favorite candy, Conversation Hearts. St. Patrick’s Day involved ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Landscape To Do, Lawn To Do, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, When To Apply Preemergent, When To Fertilize Lawns, When To Prune, When To Prune Grapevines
green lawn

Brown Patch: A Cool Weather Lawn Fungus


November 4, 2020

There are many reasons why warm season lawns in Central Florida may have dead or dying areas. These problem areas can result from not only insect or disease pressure, but also from cultural problems including irrigation, fertilization or mowing ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brown Spots, Brown Spots In Lawn, Dead Spots, Dead Spots In Lawn, Dead Spots In Turf, Fungus In Lawn, Lawn Dying, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

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