Weeds of Wednesday: Twoleaf Nightshade

Twoleaf nightshade (Solanum diphyllum) produces lots and lots of fruits.  Each dime-sized fruit ripens to be orange-yellow and contains lots of tiny, tan, flat, kidney-shaped seeds that can produce lots of seedlings ... The common name for this plant and…

Weeds of Wednesday: A Tale of 3 Solanums

Invasive exotic pest plants plague natural areas, ornamental landscapes, agricultural operations, and pastures.  Pictured above is tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), which we saw when we visited Treasure Hammock Ranch on 3-3-2019.  This heavily armed & sun-loving weed of pastures…

Sleepy Florida Hibiscus

The star of our field trip to the Indian River Lagoon Greenway on 8/11/2018 undoubtedly was the lovely lindenleaf rosemallow (Hibiscus furcellatus) pictured above.  Also known as sleepy hibiscus, this member of the mallow family, Malvaceae, is native to the…

Weeds of Wednesday: Coffee Senna

The devil, often, is in the detail ... When a new plant volunteered in our yard after Hurricane Irma, I did not look too hard at it and thought, happily, that privet senna (Senna ligustrina) had volunteered.  The Florida Plant…