Spectacular Spikes

Coralbean (Erythrina herbacea) sports striking spikes of tubular scarlet flowers throughout the winter and early spring.  Hummingbirds and long-tongued butterflies nectar on its flowers. Flowering seems to be earlier on Orchid Island than on the mainland.  This showy native plant…

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…

Scarlet letter?

In the classic novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne writes, "It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track". The scarlet "letter" at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area entrance is the beautiful blossoming…