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…

Orange Julia

When the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory began its Volunteer Nature Stewardship Program for the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in 1998, julia butterflies (Dryas iulia) did not range as far north as Indian River County. The first sighting at ORCA…

Weeds of Wednesday: A Tale of 2 Eupatoriums #2

It's a little bit early for lateflowering thoroughwort (Eupatorium serotinum) to be in flower, but this native wildflower was flowering -- profusely and in multiple spots -- at the Indian River Lagoon Greenway when we visited on 8/11/2018. ¬†Also known…

Throwback T-day: A Tale of 2 Eupatoriums

Marylou Rethman (Class of 2009), Trish White (Class of 2002), Susan Boyd (Class of 2003) & Lee Day (Class of 2001 for her husband Joel) provide scale on 9-25-2009 at Captain Forster Preserve. This photo was taken adjacent to the…