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Rattlesnake Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) aka Rattlesnake weed. Florida Betony, is one of the most common plants found in Florida lawns and landscape.  Sun and a moist lawn are magnets for Florida Betony and most information found on this plant is … Continue reading

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Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula) is a common vine found in Florida.  The fruit of the Creeping Cucumber is a tiny, delicious, cucumber-flavored fruit that looks like little green watermelon when young but turns a dark purple/black when ripe.  The green … Continue reading

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Podocarpus Is More Than A Hedge

Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Podocarpus hedges are common in Florida, they make a dense screen hedge that stays green year round.  However, Podocarpus can reach 40 to 50 feet in height when not sheared and is quite attractive as a tree … Continue reading

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Pindo Palm

Pindo Palm trees originated in Argentina and grow well in Florida, Zones 7-10.  They are a very hardy  palm that will grow in almost any soil type.  The large palm trunk forms slowly and is topped by a massive circle … Continue reading

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Smilax makes me smile

I have called it Greenbrier or Bull-brier all my life, this large thorny vine has scratched me up many times as I ran through the woods of Kentucky as a boy.  I developed a dislike for this tough vine early … Continue reading

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Dog Vomit Fungus

Sometimes I find some surprising things growing in the 40 acre woods.  I found this bright yellow stuff growing around a onion in my raised bed garden. This is the Dog Vomit Fungus (Fuligo septica) a species of plasmodial slime mold. … Continue reading

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Groundcherry

Groundcherry plants are part of the Nightshade family and in some areas are considered invasive plant species. Several Groundcherry plant species are found growing wild in Florida, I had the one pictured here volunteer in my garden this fall. I … Continue reading

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