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Broccoli

Broccoli

We don’t usually think of broccoli for what it is — an unopened flower bud. We eat them when the florets are firm, bright green and closed up tight. They start loosening up when they’re about to flower. Once in full bloom, they’re food for the...
Netted Paw Paw

Netted Paw Paw

Netted pawpaw could be declared South Florida’s official flower of spring. It’s a fairly widespread plant found in flatwoods and scrubs. The flowers are large and showy, appearing in late winter and spring. It is cultivated, and used in landscaping,...
Climbing Aster

Climbing Aster

Climbing aster is a native woody, viney shrub of Florida’s swamps and riverbanks. As its name implies, it is a “climber” and tends to ramble throughout neighboring vegetation and into the sunlight. Climbing aster is not equipped with tendrils or other...
Bromeliad

Bromeliad

Like jewelry for your garden, a bromeliad can be small or large, subtle or spectacular, and it’s a breeze to grow. These plants come in a rainbow of exquisite color choices – ranging from bright pink centers to all red leaves to zebra-striped foliage....
Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush

The weeping bottlebrush tree is one of the most popular small flowering trees in South Florida because of its small stature, red flowers, and romantic weeping form. The bottlebrush tree is a must for gardeners looking to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Named for...
Jacaranda

Jacaranda

One of the most beautiful spring flowering trees, the jacaranda blossoms in April or May after the bare branches of this briefly deciduous tree begin sprouting new growth. The bright lavender flower clusters are huge – up to 12 inches long and as much as 8...
Pycnoporus Sanguineus

Pycnoporus Sanguineus

Pycnoporus sanguineus is a white rot fungus that lives on dead organic matter. It can be seen throughout the tropics, usually growing on dead hardwoods. It grows in the form of a thin dry conk with a lateral attachment to its substrate, is bright orange on all...
Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

The female flowers of the bald cypress are globe-shaped balls that appear on the tree in early spring and begin to fall off in early July. The balls are known as cones and exude a sticky sap. Once dry, the cones can be cracked open to harvest the seeds. Bald cypress...
Pickerel Weed

Pickerel Weed

Pickerel weed is an aquatic native plant found in shallow wetland areas or around the edges of lakes and ponds. Individual flowers last only a day, but this repeat bloomer can be enjoyed from spring through fall. The aggressive habit of these plants helps stabilize...
Northern Needleleaf Air Plant

Northern Needleleaf Air Plant

The purple, tube-like flowers of the northern needleleaf air plant are less than two inches long, but their beauty rewards the vigilant observer. When people use the term air plant, they’re usually referring to Tillandsia. Tillandsia plants are part of the...
Buttonbush

Buttonbush

Buttonbush is a native shrub or small tree with balls of white flowers resembling pincushions, and buttonlike balls of fruit. Flower balls dangle from stalks that can be several inches long. The fruit is a dense ball containing many nutlets. Buttonbush grows in...
White Geiger

White Geiger

Believed to be a native of the Florida Keys, the lovely geiger tree blooms during warm weather with frilly flower clusters in vivid orange, yellow or white. The flowers are produced year round, but are prolific in the spring and summer. It was named in the...