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Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/16/saltbush-a-late-blooming-native-shrub/

Saltbush–a Native Beauty, of Sorts

Saltbush seed in “bloom” stands out in a salt marsh dominated by black needlerush. Photo credit: Zach Schang, FDEP In the spring and summer, no one notices the little green shrub hidden among wax myrtle and marsh elder at the edge of the salt marsh. However, if I’m leading a group of students or a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/17/saltbush-a-native-beauty-of-sorts/

Go Native: Rainlilies!

Florida is home to many gorgeous and desirable native plant species. One to consider for your landscape is the rainlily, Zephyranthes and Habranthus spp. They are easy to care for and are bothered by few pests. Cuban rainlily, Zephyranthes rosea. Photo: John Ruter, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org As the name implies, rainlilies do thrive when …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/02/go-native-rainlilies/

Native Plants and Wildlife

According to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, there are more than 4,200 plant species naturally occurring in the state.  Nearly 3,000 are considered native.  The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) defines native plants as “those species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical documentation.”  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/13/native-plants-and-wildlife/

Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond

A stand of purple flowers called “False Dragon-Heads (Physostegia spp.) growing along the St. Marks River. They are behind a stand of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) that has not yet bloomed.  Photo by Judy Biss This is the time of year when gardens burst forth with lush green growth and colorful flowers.  With a little planning …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/14/discover-the-beauty-and-role-of-native-aquatic-plants-in-your-own-pond/

Native vs. Invasive Plants

  According to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, there are more than 4,200 plant species naturally occurring in the state.  Nearly 3,000 are considered native.  The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) defines native plants as “those species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/22/native-vs-invasive-plants/

Native Grass for Moist Soils

Native plants can more readily be found in local nurseries to enhance landscape plantings. Not all natives are suited to every habit so it is still important to match the plant’s requirements with a suitable area in the landscape. One low maintenance native that is more suited to a specific area is the landscape is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/21/native-grass-for-moist-soils/

Native Yuccas: Low Maintenance, Slow Growing and Attractive Blooms

Native yuccas fit easily into the landscape without breaking the bank or the back of the gardener. Being sharp is usually considered a complement. It implies the recipient of this assessment has the intellectual ability and the mental acuity to handle with ease the rigors of contemporary life. In north Florida’s native plant world the …

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Resurrection Ferns: Hardy Native Air Plants

Resurrection ferns are found in many mature hardwood trees in north Florida. This fern is an air plant which prospers on skimpy amounts of water and plant nutrients. One of the wonderful features of spring is the return of green to the branches of many trees in north Florida. Cypress, poplar, cherry and many others …

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