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Diversity Matters

Diversity matters – at least to monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the larval host plants for monarch butterfly. Pictured above along Oslo Road is a monarch butterfly nectaring on scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), a non-native, commercially available…

Wooly

Juba’s bush (Iresine diffusa) is easily to overlook until it flowers. The genus name, Iresine, is thought to be derived from the Greek word eiros, which means wool. The species name, diffusa, means loosely spreading.  Both the genus and species…

Alba

The snowberry (Chiococca alba) at Treasure Shores Park was covered in flower buds when we visited on 8-15-2020.  Both its genus and species names refer to its snow-white berries.  The genus name, Chiococca, comes from the Greek words, chion, which…