Tag Archive: Blooming

Saltbush – A Late Blooming Native Shrub

  Female saltbush plant in bloom. Credit: Niels Proctor, hort.ifas.ufl.edu If you have noticed bursts of white-flowered shrubs along roadsides, trails, and other natural areas the last couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that it was saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia). Saltbush is a native shrub in the sunflower or daisy family (Asteraceae) that can be …

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Look What’s Blooming Now!

Photo credit: Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS Extension. When many of our summer blooming plants start fading, yellow cassia, Senna bicapsularis, becomes a show stopper. Late fall and early winter is when it blooms and dazzles. The bright yellow flowers appear in numerous clusters at the tips of this many branched shrub. This makes for a stunning …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/07/look-whats-blooming-now/

This Fall: Pause Before Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs

Azaleas pruned late in the fall will have little or no bloom in the spring. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat   As fall approaches, our spring blooming shrubs such as gardenia, spirea and azalea begin to look unkempt and overgrown. That means it is time to give them a severe pruning to get them ready for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/09/this-fall-pause-before-pruning-spring-blooming-shrubs/

Try Dwarf Lantana for a Summer and Fall Blooming Perennial

  Dwarf lantana cultivar ‘Anne Marie’ – Image UF IFAS Extension, Matthew Orwat With the heat of summer already here, we all know that our pansies, petunias and snapdragons are on their way out. This leaves us wondering what we could plant that will give us color throughout summer and fall to the first frost. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/19/try-dwarf-lantana-for-a-summer-and-fall-blooming-perennial/

Firespikes are Blooming!

  Photo Credit: Candy Butler, Floridata.com Looking to add something to brighten your landscape this autumn?   Firespike (Odontonema strictum) is a prolific fall bloomer with red tubular flowers that are very popular with hummingbirds and butterflies.  Its glossy dark green leaves make an attractive large plant that will grow quite well in moderate shade to full sunlight.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/09/firespikes-are-blooming/

Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers

Swamp Sunflower Photo credit: UF/IFAS Milt Putnam Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers Drive along any highway or rural road at this time of year and chances are some color will catch your eye; not so much in the tree tops, but in ditches and right of ways. Although yellow seems to be the predominant color in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/14/fall-blooming-native-wildflowers/

Horse Nettle Blooming in Wakulla County

Delicate flowers disguise the potential problems of Horsenettle.  The dainty yellow and white flowers belie the disaster potential of the plants. Horsenettles (Solanum carolinense) are blooming and producing fruit in Wakulla County. Horsenettle can be a serious weed problem in Florida’s perennial grass pastures, hay producing operations and along fence rows. The result of infestation is reduced usable …

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