Weeds of Wednesday: Mexican Fan Palm

Pictured above is Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia robusta) at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail (TRWT).  This landscape palm is regarded as a Category #2 invasive pest plant by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC). At TRWT, this palm may…

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…

Weeds of Wednesday: Marvelous Mistflower

You will find mistflower (Conoclinum coelestinum) growing along roadsides and in other disturbed location.  Some gardeners consider this plant to be a weed, while other folks plant this wildflower in heir yards. Also known as ageratum, this pale blue (or…

A Real Florida Holly

Because it has copious red berries at Christmas time, Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) sometimes is called Florida holly mistakenly.  Florida is home to 15 native hollies, not all of which have red berries. Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) – like Brazilian…