Weeds of Wednesday: Once There Was One in Every Yard

Queensland umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla), once upon a time, seemed to be planted in every new local Florida landscape for the exotic, tropical appearance of its large, shiny palmately compound leaves. Most frequently, this easy-to-grow tree that reaches more 25'+…

Awesome agave

Florida agave and false sisal are common names for the plant pictured above, Agave decipiens. Endemic to Florida, this long-lived perennial plant is associated with coastal areas, especially shell middens. Salt and drought-tolerant, this plant reportedly grows to be up…

Endemic St. Johns Worts

Florida is home to more than 30 species of Hypericum, many of which are called St. Johns wort. These plants are not the St. Johns wort common in commerce for the treatment of depression; That St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum)…

Lovely Licania

The North Sebastian Conservation Area (NSCA) once was a platted subdivision replete with asphalt roads that now serve as nature trails. Mother Nature has been "reclaiming" the land from the crumbling asphalt -- with the help of gopher apple (Licania…