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Florida Pusley

Florida Pusley

Ever see a wildflower along state roads that reminds you of snow? It’s Florida pusley, a Florida native that takes over grass areas that are thin or weak. Pusley’s little star-like flowers are pretty, but this plant is considered an aggressive weed that is...
Lilac Tasselflower

Lilac Tasselflower

Lilac tasselflower is also known as Flora’s paintbrush and Cupid’s shaving brush. It is a member of the aster family, which includes daisies and sunflowers. Although it has many medicinal uses in the far East, here in Florida, it’s considered a weed....
Papaya Bud

Papaya Bud

This little, green, pawpaw bud will soon become a pretty white flower with a yellow center. All our pawpaw trees (aka papaya) can thank Tim for their raison d’être. Whenever he eats a papaya he likes, he saves the seeds, cultivates them, and soon they’s...
Thai Basil

Thai Basil

Thai basil, native to Southeast Asia, has been cultivated to be more stable under high cooking temperatures than sweet basil, and to provide its distinctive licorice-like flavor. You may already know that it’s a good idea to prune the flowers off of basil plants...
Avocado

Avocado

Big green avocados will grow from these tiny, yellow-green flowers. Avocado flowers are both self- and cross pollinated in Florida. The female and male flower parts function at different times of the day. Avocado fruits do not ripen on the tree. However, to be edible,...
Loquat

Loquat

The loquat is one of the prettiest trees you can grow with its deep-green, crinkly evergreen leaves and dense form. The fruit is succulent, tangy and sweet. Although the loquat flowers at Hoot Acre Farm are now past their peak, you can still see hundreds of bees...
Viburnum

Viburnum

Ride down any street in Sarasota, and you’re likely to see a viburnum hedge. Viburnums are one of the most versatile and garden-worthy shrubs for gardens. Besides having attractive foliage and hardy growth habits, most viburnums also have lovely,...
Blackberry

Blackberry

We have a couple of blackberry plants in our backyard. They like full sun and lots of water to produce a good harvest. This pretty white flower produces a plump, juicy blackberry. The fruit can be delightfully sweet, but can be bitter if picked before they’re...
Periwinkle

Periwinkle

A warm-weather annual, Periwinkle — aka Vinca aka Catharanthus roseusis — blooms most of the year in Florida. Our backyard is sprinkled with volunteer vinca that grow from seeds that float in the wind.
Peach Blossoms

Peach Blossoms

Peaches typically need more chill hours than Florida’s tropical climate can provide. However, thanks to research by the University of Florida’s Extension program, we can enjoy the melting yellow flesh of this juicy stone fruit in late spring. These Tropic...
Rose

Rose

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you. What’s the origin of this popular valentine rihyme? According to Wikipedia, the origins of the poem may be traced as far back as to the following lines written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser from...