Fall flowers: Distinctive dogfennel

Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) blooms throughout Florida in September and October. This opportunistic plant grows in flatwoods, marshes, and disturbed areas. When crushed, it soft green foliage emits a distinctive fragrance. This member of the daisy familly, Asteracae, is a nectar…

Weeds of Wednesday: Awful Octopus Tree

Octopus tree (Schleffera actinophylla) also goes by the common name Australian umbrella tree, which tells us the origin of this invasive plant. Both of these common names refer to its floral structure which resembles the tentacles of an octopus or…

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…