Weeds of Wednesday: Colorful Coral Ardisia

Coral ardisia is a striking but invasive plant. The Osprey Acres Stormwater Park and Nature Preserve, unfortunately, is home to a thriving population in its shady hammock areas, as seen below. Native to southeast Asia and introduced to Florida as…

Weeds: Give Them an Inch & They’ll Take Mile

A visit to the Sebastian Stormwater Park on 8/8/2020 was opportunity to see an unfortunate array of invasive pest plants, mega-weeds.  Seeing the proverbial silver lining, Karen Schuster (Class of 2007) remarked that property could have "grown homes". This 163…

Weeds of Wednesday: Honey Plant?

Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) is among Florida's worst invasive weeds, covering more than 700,000 acres.  Who would defend it?  Short-sighted beekeepers. Yes, European honeybees (Apis mellifera) and other pollinators visit Brazilian pepper when it blooms from August through October.  Honeybees…