Stop and Smell the Roses: Florida’s Wildflowers

One of the prettiest things about summer in North Florida is all of the wildflowers that you see blooming everywhere.  After the dreary gray of winter, the flowers of spring and summer bring a much needed splash of color back into the world.  Here is a guide to identifying some of the wildflowers that you can currently …

Plant Spotlight: Cherokee Bean or Coral Bean

Despite its name, Cherokee Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is not an edible legume.  Parts of the plant are edible, but it is not advisable to eat them unless you really know what you’re doing because it can be toxic.  However, it is one of the prettiest native plants for landscaping.  When it is not blooming, Cherokee …

Beauty Berry: Not Just a Weed. Insecticide, Jams, and Native Landscaping.

  Callicarpa Americana more commonly known as Beauty Berry is one of the most easily recognizable backyard plants.  It grows pretty much anywhere, and most people think of it as just a weed.  It is easily identified by its bright purple berries, and due to its color, most people think it is poisonous.  However, this …

Plant Spotlight: Cabbage Palm

The cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) is Florida’s state tree, and is also one of the most easily recognizable trees.  It can be found nearly everywhere in Florida and is commonly used in landscaping.  Cabbage palms are easily identified by the shape and size of their leaves.  The leaf of a cabbage palm is very broad …

Plant Spotlight: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of the most notorious and commonly found plants, but it can be difficult to identify for those who do not have much experience outdoors, as it comes in a variety of sizes and is easily confused with other plants.  The most commonly seen plants are the juveniles, and the leaves on these …