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November 2017 - Hoot Acre Farm
Trumpet Honeysuckle

Trumpet Honeysuckle

A vigorous twining vine, the native trumpet honeysuckle has delicate but striking trumpet-shaped crimson blooms set against a background of dark green, smooth leaves. The flowers are particularly attractive to hummingbirds but are not fragrant. Evergreen in Florida,...
Aster

Aster

Rice button aster is the most common and widespread aster native to Florida. Rice button aster is a perennial, but in winter, it goes dormant, emerging again as a dense rosette of leaves on the ground when warm weather returns. In South Florida, blooms will begin to...
Goldenrod

Goldenrod

There is no better harbinger of fall than goldenrods. Their bright yellow blooms can be spectacular and their generally robust nature makes them stand out wherever they occur. These blooms are excellent nectar sources for pollinating insects. No garden should be...
Brazilian Pepper Tree Berries

Brazilian Pepper Tree Berries

Commonly known as Florida Holly, the Brazilian Pepper Tree has fruit-laden branches, which mature between December and January, are often used as Christmas decorations in Florida. Raccoon, possums and fruit-eating birds eat the fruit of the plant and contribute to its...
St. Andrews Cross

St. Andrews Cross

St. Andrew’s Cross is a common St. John’s Wort with flowers that have only four petals. The petals of this Florida native are arranged in an “X” pattern, where the petals are not equidistant from each other. Source: Native Florida Wildflowers...
Fuzzy Mold

Fuzzy Mold

Snow on Thanksgiving in Florida? No, it’s fuzzy white mold thriving on the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. Looks like snow though.
Yellow Pea Cover Crop

Yellow Pea Cover Crop

Cover crops (also called green manure) are hard-working plants that perform a host of valuable functions like increasing soil organic matter, fixing nitrogen, breaking up compaction, suppressing weeds and preventing erosion. Source: High Mowing Seeds Location:...
White Stripe Bougainvillea

White Stripe Bougainvillea

White strip bougainvillea is one of the most elegant bougainvilleas, featuring clusters of clear white flower bracts against pleasing green and white variegated foliage. Strong vine-like habit provides quick cover and a beautiful show throughout the warm season. Great...
Turk’s Cap Mallow

Turk’s Cap Mallow

Turk’s cap mallow is a Florida-Friendly shrub related to hibiscus. The lovely flowers, usually red, appear as if they’re just about open fully, but never do. Turk’s Cap Mallow start blooming at the beginning of the summer and will keep going until...
Cranberry Hibiscus

Cranberry Hibiscus

Cranberry hibiscus possesses the rare combination of beauty, utility and edibility. Once established, this tropical hibiscus is a landscaping standout, requires little to no tending or irrigation, and is edible. Cranberry hibiscus flowers profusely in late fall into...
Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Yesterday Today Tomorrow

The aptly named yesterday, today and tomorrow shrub (Brunfelsia spp.) produces a fascinating display of flowers from spring until the end of summer. The flowers start out purple and gradually fade to lavender and then white. The shrub also has delightfully fragrant...
Orange Butterfly Ginger

Orange Butterfly Ginger

Gardeners love butterfly gingers for their showy floral displays that last from late spring through early fall. The waxy flowers come in white, pink, orange, and red tones and appear on flower stalks that rise above the foliage. The fragrant blooms can also be cut and...