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RESURRECTION FERN

Polypodium polypodioides A fascinating, but common fern which gets its name from its apparent ability to return from the dead after a rain shower. Plant Facts: Common Name:   Resurrection Fern Botanical Name:   Polypodium polypodioides Plant Type:  Fern...

CLERODENDRUM INCISUM

Musical Notes Clerodendrum, Morning Kiss, Clerodendron, Witches Tongue A small bushy shrub with small leaves. The white flowers from delicate shapes with their long tubular and rounded structure. They appear in large masses. The unopened flowers resemble musical notes in the bud stage –...

HOME GROWN FLORIDA PINEAPPLES

You can grow your own pineapples from those you buy at the grocery store. It is easy to grow pineapples in your own backyard. Here is how: Get your favorite pineapple from the grocery store. Cut or twist off the crown from the top of the fruit and set aside. Eat the rest of the fruit as...

CAN YOU IMAGINE A GARDEN WITHOUT BASIL?

Impossible! Its familiar fragrance, easy care, and many uses make it indispensable in herb, ornamental, and container gardens — and, of course, in the kitchen. A Sense of History Basil has been known and grown since ancient times. According to Gerard in his Herbal published in England in the...

THE COMMON GREEN IGUANA

 Iguana iguana Leapin’ Lizards! Iguanas are really cute cool pets when they are small hatchlings, but what do you do with them when they GROW-UP? And they will grow! Including its tail, an adult Iguana can grow to 6 feet long. Then they are not so cute. Iguanas have a strong bite which...

LIVISTONIA CHINENSIS

Chinese Fan Palm Chinese Fan Palms make slow-growing, but striking landscape specimens. The Chinese Fan Palm is tolerant of poor soils, but does the best when regularly fertilized. For those in the northern areas of Florida, this palm is very hardy and can withstand several degrees below...

PINUS CLAUSA

Sand Pine The sand pine’s natural range is limited almost entirely to Florida. Two varieties exist — Pinus clausa var. clausa known as Ocala sand pine and Pinus clausa var. immuginata known as Choctawhatchee sand pine. The major difference between varieties lies in their cone serotiny...

VANILLA PLANIFOLIA OR VANILLA FRAGRANS

Vanilla Orchid Vanilla is the only orchid that can produce edible fruits. The process of converting vanilla into a spice is very long and complicated; hence, vanilla is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Pollination is only possible through manual manipulation. The pods must be...

THE GHOST CHILI OR GHOST PEPPER

The “World’s 3rd Hottest Chili Pepper” — Bhut Jolokia, Bih Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, Naga Morich, Raja Mirchi  — Capsicum chinense/Capsicum frutescens hybrid You will sweat, your knees will go weak and your ears will ring! Wow! Is this little...

SCHINUS TEREBINTHIFOLIUS, “FLORIDA HOLLY”

Brazilian-pepper tree, Christmasberry tree, Florida Holly First, the warnings: This shrub/tree is one of the worst exotic pest plants in the State of Florida (please do not plant it or encourage its growth: It is regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under 62C-52.011...

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