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Green Blooms

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

Small tree/shrub. Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye.

Pollinator MAGNET! sweat bee shown

Berries enjoyed by wild turkey, grouse and many songbirds. Browsed by rabbits/deer. Larval host

Larval host: Redbanded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) which uses detritus (leaf litter).
Possible host: Luna Moth (Actias luna) and Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/rhucop/all.html

Growing info: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhus-copallinum

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Rhus+copallinum

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3543

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/winged-sumacfull-of-wings/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLACKROOT (Pterocaulon pycnostachyum)

Big with Butterflies for nectar.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Pterpycn

Larval host: Everlasting Bud Moth (Eublemma minima) (source: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Blackroot_Pterocaulon_pycnostachyum.pdf)

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Pterocaulon

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2041

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA REDROOT (Lachnanthes caroliana)

Pollinator magnet for wet locations. Roots can be used as a dye.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lachnanthes-caroliana

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lachnanthes+caroliana

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=828

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/pollinator-playground-carolina-redroot.html

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Lachnanthes-caroliniana-Carolina-Redroot%2C-Bloodroot.html
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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SMALLFRUIT PRIMROSEWILLOW (Ludwigia microcarpa)

With the small non-descript flowers, it is easily overlooked. Likes it wet. Grows as a ground cover in the pond margins.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Ludwmicr

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ludwigia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3235

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CREEPER; WOODBINE (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

virginiacreepermay2015aDeciduous vine in the grape family provides spectacular fall color. can be grown on masonary surfaces without damage but use caution if planted near painted surfaces.

Can be grown as a ground cover. Freely self seeds so can be aggressive, but provides great cover and food value for wildlife especially insects and birds.

Larval Host: Moths including several Sphinx moths.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/parthenocissus-quinquefolia

Learn wildlife value: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paqu2.pdf

Sap may cause allergic reaction to some.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=parthenocissus+quinquefolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3742

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: LAUREL OAK; DIAMOND OAK (Quercus laurifolia)

There are dozens of native oaks in Florida. This particular oak was planted by a bird and has grown quickly and with a beautiful pyramid shape. It loses it leaves slowly in January as the new leaves appear so the tree is never completely bare. The portion hanging down is a catkin and it the male flower of the tree.

larval host: Horaces Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) and White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/quercus-laurifolia

Birds flock to this tree. One day this week I saw blue jay, titmouse, yellow rumped warbler, catbird, hairy woodpecker, red bellied woodpecker, mockingbird, grackle all with just 15 minutes of observation. I’ve had nesting doves and mockingbirds use it over the years.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Quercus+laurifolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3901

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: FALSE DAISY (Eclipta prostrata)

Herbal/medicinal use documented in India for liver ailments. Said to have antifungal properties and promote hair growth. Many other potential medicinal uses are under study (http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jpbs/papers/Vol6-issue6/J0664447.pdf)

Learn: http://www.tropilab.com/eclipta.html
http://www.chinese-herbs.org/eclipta/

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3677

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SILVERLING (Baccharis glomeruliflora)

dioecious, photo depicts female specimen.

Male specimens may cause allergies to those affected by pollen. (source: http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Specie/Baccharis+glomeruliflora/)

sometimes called: saltbush.

Works as a specimen shrub or can be pruned to create a hedge. Somewhat aggressive. Blooms in late fall, early winter, so important nectar source for pollinators when not a lot else is blooming. Great wildlife cover plant. Infusion of leaves can be used as a dye.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Baccglom

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Baccharis+glomeruliflora

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1033
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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CHAIN FERN (Woodwardia virginica)

deciduous, perennial, upright fern for wet to Moist locations.

emerging frond depicted.

Larval Host: Chain Fern Borer Moth (Papaipema stenocelis) source: http://acris.nynhp.org/guide.php?id=8104&part=4

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/fern/woovir/all.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Woodwardia

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon spp. likely glomeratus)

Very tall, showy native bunch grass. Leave in place to dry over the winter as food for flocks of birds. The warblers will latch on and sway as they dine. Provides cover for wildlife.

Several varieties of this species are native to Florida. This one is most likely A. glomeratus var. pumilus

I cut some to use as a free alternative to cornstalks as Halloween decorations,

Larval Host: Possible larval host plant for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies (source: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/andropogon-glomeratus)

Learn: http://floridagrasses.org/Grass_data/An_glomeratus.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Andropogon+glomeratus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3364

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/arranging-native-plants/

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Andrapogon-glomeratus-%252d-Bushy-Bluestem.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CHALKY BLUESTEM (Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus)

Native bunch grass. Interesting to watch the birds sway on the tall stems while dining on the seeds in late autumn and winter.

Seeds feed: song birds

Learn: http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Andrvirgglau

Larval host: Possible for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Andropogon+virginicus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2414

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA REDROOT (Lachnanthes caroliana)

Great for bog, wet locations. Before bloom, similar in appearance to iris.

Pollinators, especially black swallowtail butterflies, skippers and hairstreaks are drawn to this nectar source. Shown visitors include Sachem Skipper Butterfly (Atalopedes campestris) and a sweat bee.

Green Lynx spiders often will use as nesting locations. Seeds favored by Sandhill Cranes; feral hogs will dig up and consume large patches.

Roots can be used as a dye.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lachnanthes-caroliana

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/pollinator-playground-carolina-redroot.html

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=828

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Lachnanthes-caroliniana-Carolina-Redroot%2C-Bloodroot.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lachnanthes+caroliana

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SAVANNAH MILKWEED (Asclepias pedicellata)

Small in stature, often overlooked, this Florida Native Plant has pretty urn shaped flowers which can be green to yellow.

Shown being visited by a Rice Bug (Stenocoris sp.)

Learn: http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2010/02/savannah-milkweed-asclepias-pedicellata.html

Larval host: Monarch, Queen and Soldier Butterflies

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Asclepias

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3188

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

Small tree/shrub. Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye.

Pollinator MAGNET! Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) and honey bees shown

Berries enjoyed by wild turkey, grouse and many songbirds. Browsed by rabbits/deer. Larval host

Larval host: Redbanded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) which uses detritus (leaf litter).
Possible host: Luna Moth (Actias luna) and Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/rhucop/all.html

Growing info: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhus-copallinum

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Rhus+copallinum

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3543

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/winged-sumacfull-of-wings/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

Pretty aromatic tree. Watch the thorns! Provides cover for fauna, fruits eaten by wildlife.

Larval host: Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) (in range)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/zanthoxylum-fagara

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Zanthoxylum+fagara

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2804

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PAINTEDLEAF; FIRE-ON-THE-MOUNTAIN (Poinsettia cyathophora)

Christmas all year round with this beauty. Butterflies are attracted and Ive even seen a hummingbird visit. Said to be aggressive, this has not been my experience in my natural garden. There are some, but not an overabundance. I guess due to healthy competition from other Florida natives.

UNBELIEVABLE the amount of wildlife this plant supports: http://butterflies.heuristron.net/plants/poinsettia.html

Learn: www.fnps.org/plants/plant/poinsettia-cyathophora

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=616

Larval Host: Ello Sphinx Moth Caterpillars; Leafrollers Platynota spp.

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: AMERICAN BURNWEED; FIREWEED (Erechtites hieraciifolius)

Tall weedy annual plant that has prolific amounts of seeds, so very aggressive. Buds never really open to reveal a flower; seedheads resemble that of dandelion or wild lettuce.

Listed in Floridas Incredible Wild Edibles by Dick Deuerling as a salad ingredient (leaves) or potherb although there are mixed reviews on taste: http://www.eattheweeds.com/erechtites-hieracifolia-edible-pile-driver-2/

The lovebug seems to be onboard with it.

Learn: http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/dmna/erechtites.html

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=907

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PEPPERVINE (Ampelopsis arborea)

Fast growing, deciduous perennial with use as a ground cover or it can be trained to cover a trellis or fence. member of the grape family (Vitaceae). Can be aggressive, but is a big hit with pollinators, birds and mammals as both food source and shelter.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ampelopsis-arborea

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ampelopsis

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=980

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/peppervine-benefits-wildlife/

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