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Blue Violets and Horse Sugar

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Spring is a time of renewal–its gentle warmth encouraging bursts of color in the most unexpected places. Even the tiniest plants are doing their best to… Read More

Japanese Wisteria

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director The sweet smell of spring is here, in part to the abundance of Japanese wisteria covering the trees in the area. The kudzu-like invasion of this… Read More

Snakes!

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Human kind’s fear of snakes is long-lived and wide-spread. Even the most classic story, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling was altered in the Disney adaptation… Read More

Camphor Trees

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Natural remedies, some centuries old, are regaining popularity in today’s society. Those seeking relief from the onslaught of seasonal allergies need look no further than the… Read More

Gall Wasps

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Mothers want what is best for their offspring. Surprisingly, one of the greatest mothers of all may be the tiny wasp, Callirhytis. Often mistaken as a… Read More

Smilax

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Perseverance is a respectable trait in any person. Unfortunately, it is less than pleasant when applied to a thorny vine, such as smilax. Its determined nature is… Read More

Plants are Beginning to Reawaken from Winter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Groundhogs across the United States agree, winter is far from over. Some plants and trees in our area, however, are trying their best to get a head… Read More

Sweet Gum and Yaupon

Les Harrison is your local UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Yaupon and sweet gum have a history dating back before Seminoles roamed this region. Yaupon was used in ceremonies as a natural “cleanse,” resulting in settlers… Read More

Hairy Vetch

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director With a name like hairy vetch, it is hard to be appreciated. Though not native to Florida, this flowering legume is common in Wakulla County without… Read More

Leaf Litter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Everyone has raked a gargantuan pile of leaves in their yard to ensure the return of a pristine lawn for spring, only to have it scattered… Read More