Radiating & Radiant Red

As we walked from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory Boathouse to to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)  on 3/30/2019, we saw lots of striking spikes of scarlet flowers radiating up from within the vegetation along the road.  The coralbean…

Native Mexican Pricklypoppy

Common names of plants sometimes can be confusing.  Mexican pricklypoppy (Argerome mexicana), pictured above in the historic cow pens at Treasure Hammock Ranch, is a native annual, even if some of its many common names says that it's Mexican.  Goatweed,…

Floral Beauty in Eye of Beholder

Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) is flowering again.  Wild olive is another name for this sturdy native plant often found volunteering along mosquito impoundment dikes and in the midst of ornamental hedges underneath places where birds perch.  Birds seem to love…