Meet the Natives: Wild Lime

wild lime

The wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara) is a sun-loving, drought-tolerant tree or shrub that can vary in color from light yellow to dark, rich green.  This flowering plant is native to central…

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Meet the Natives: Rattlesnake Master

rattlesnake master

The rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a sun-loving, native wildflower that can thrive in a variety of soil types and conditions. It can be found throughout the eastern U.S. The species epithet yuccifolium,…

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Gardening for Native Bees

southern carpenter bee on climbing aster

Southern carpenter bee (Xylocopa micans) on climbing aster (Aster carolinians) Did you know Florida is home to over 300 species of native bees? These include bumble bees, sweat bees, leafcutter…

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How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

Want to attract butterflies to your garden? SCCF’s Native Landscapes & Garden Center created a helpful guide to get you started! Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at, but…

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Meet the Natives: Locustberry

Locustberry (Byrsonima lucida) is an evergreen large shrub or small tree that can grow upwards of 15 feet tall and wild. So be sure to give this one room to…

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A Native Beauty that Bites Back

Spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata) is a perennial herb found in swamps, marshes, and freshwater wetlands throughout most of Florida. The flowering stalks that emerge in early spring are topped…

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