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Purple Trumpet Wildflower

Purple Trumpet Wildflower

Purple Martins by Carl Sandburg If we were such and so, the same as these, maybe we too would be slingers and sliders, tumbling half over in the water mirrors, tumbling half over at the horse heads of the sun, tumbling our purple numbers. Twirl on, you and your satin...
Purslane

Purslane

Purslane is one of the most esteemed wild and cultivated edibles in the world (except oddly the United States). It is used as a salad ingredient, a vegetable, a soup thickener, a flour, and a pickle. And yes, the flowers are edible but they are only open for a day....
Peppergrass

Peppergrass

Peppergrass, also called poor man’s pepper, is a native species in the mustard family. The young leaves, which contain protein and vitamins A and C, can be added to salads or sauteed. The seed pods can be used as a substitute for black pepper. The flavor sneaks up on...
Mexican Primrose Willow

Mexican Primrose Willow

The Mexican primrose willow has slender, willow-like leaves, red stems, and large yellow flowers with four, not five, petals. It’s a weedy perennial that grows in sunny areas with wet soils, well suited for difficult areas such as ditches. We snapped this photo...
Spanish Needle

Spanish Needle

Spanish Needle is a perennial wildflower with small, daisy-like blooms. The flower attracts numerous butterflies, bees, wasps and dragonflies and is the larval host for the emerald moth, dainty sulphur and Florida duskywing butterflies. In Florida, Spanish Needle is...
Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

Winter is the perfect time to grow lettuce in Florida. Of the four major types of lettuce — crisphead, butterhead, leaf and romaine — romaine grows the most upright. In Florida, romaine is a popular garden vegetable. Like all lettuce types, it is a cool...
Cilantro

Cilantro

When a plant “bolts,” it’s not running away. While plants do not “run away” physically, their growth may run away rapidly, and this is basically what this phrase means in the gardening world. Plants, mostly vegetable or herbs, are said to bolt when...
Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm

The Bamboo Palm Tree, scientific name Chamaedorea seifrizii, is a small graceful palm that is commonly used indoors in homes, courtyards, offices and malls. The flowers arise from the leaf sheaths and are dull yellow in color. The fruits are small pea-sized berries...
Oyster Plant

Oyster Plant

The unusual flowers of the oyster, borne down among the leaves, appear as clusters of tiny white flowers nestled within two boat-shaped, purplish bracts. They are not noticeable unless you look closely, but are very attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
White Orchid Tree

White Orchid Tree

We have a large, white orchid tree on the southern boundary of Hoot Acre Farm. Even though Asplundh butchers it every so often on FPL’s behalf, it’s a beauty! It’s just starting to bloom and will soon be covered in white. The blooms appear in...
Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil

Genovese basil is the classic Italian pesto basil. The tender and aromatic leaves are sweet and peppery, always a welcome ingredient in the kitchen. Easy to grow, Genovese basil is an excellent choice for backyard gardeners.
Emerald Blueberry

Emerald Blueberry

The Emerald Blueberry was released by the University of Florida in 1999 and is currently one of the more widely planted cultivars in north and central Florida. The emerald blueberry has high yield potential, early ripening, and large, high-quality berries. Our emerald...