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Blackroot

Blackroot

Blackroot is a Florida native that does, in fact, have black roots. They’re tubers, similar to sweet potatoes, that store both nutrients and water, enabling the plant to survive extended dry periods. The plant is a perennial and it is deciduous, meaning it drops...
Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto

The saw palmetto is said to be the most common palm in the United States. In Florida, natural stands are found throughout the state. Its common name refers to the numerous fine, saw-like teeth found along the edges of the leaf-stems. The tiny fragrant flowers bloom in...
Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

Pricklypear, also called Indian fig, is the only widespread eastern cactus. It retains moisture in its thick pads and is able to survive in very dry environments. It produces a showy flower and edible fruit. Songbirds and small mammals seek shelter in spiny dens...
Pink Penta

Pink Penta

When other plants fade in Florida’s hot and humid summers, perennials like Pentas lanceolata truly shine. These attractive plants produce red, pink, or white flowers throughout the summer and are a great source of food for hummingbirds and butterflies. This...
Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is a fruiting vine that produces a toxic gourd that smells like an old gym shoe. No part of this warty gourd, which turns from green to yellow to orange, is ever to be eaten. The seeds and orange flesh can make one violently lose fluids from both ends....
Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberry is a native shrub found in moist open places. This one’s growing on the bank of the drainage ditch along the back of Hoot Acre Farm. The fragrant flowers of Elderberry appear in large, relatively flat clusters from spring through fall. Elderberry...
Whitehead Broom

Whitehead Broom

Whitehead broom, also known as shrubby false buttonweed or southern larraflower, is an important nectar source for bees and wasps. The tiny flowers bloom in clusters at the upper nodes of the plant. Whitehead broom is becoming problematic in south Florida pastures,...
Vanda Aurantiaca Orchid

Vanda Aurantiaca Orchid

Another tiny flower that packs a visual punch bundled together in its inflorescence is the Vanda aurantiaca orchid. The fluorescent yellow-orange flowers bloom in a beautifully arranged natural cluster.
Canada Toadflax

Canada Toadflax

Seeing waves of purple along the side of the road? You’re looking at Canada toadflax, a Florida native that blooms when the weather has become consistently warm and sunny, generally starting in late February. Canada toadflax is a small plant, extending four to...
Carolina Geranium

Carolina Geranium

Carolina geranium is a winter annual or biennial weed that is also called cranesbill because the fruits have a conspicuous “beak” about ½ inch long. The flower is white to lavender. It blooms mostly in April and May. The flowers are a good nectar source....
Purple Orchid Tree

Purple Orchid Tree

Purple orchid tree is beautiful when in bloom — and it blooms for several months. The flowers make their first appearance in late winter while the trees is bare of leaves, and last until early summer. The tree is used as a street tree, shade tree, specimen or...
Crowsfoot Grass

Crowsfoot Grass

Crowsfoot grass is a true grass — a member of Poaceae plant family, one of the largest families on the planet with around 12,000 species. The first part of its scientific name, Dactyloctenium, is a combination of Greek words for finger and little comb.