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June Plant of the Month – Tulsi

Published on May 28, 2019 under Garden
June: Tulsi Latin name: Ocimum gratissimum - Lamiaceae, (Other variety - Ocimum sanctum syn. Ocimum tenuiflorum ) Common name: Tulsi, holy basil, sacred basil,Vana tulsi (O. gratissimum) Krishna tulsi (O.sanctum) Rama tulsi (O. sanctum), African…
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May Plant of the Month – Bidens

Published on May 1, 2019 under Garden
BidensLatin name: Bidens alba - AsteraceaeCommon name: Spanish needle, beggarticks, shepherd’s needle, butterfly needle, pitchfork weed, ottrancedi, xian feng cao, gui zhen cao Photo by Audra Locicero Usage: There are approximately 250 species within the genus Bidens, all occurring within…
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April Plant of the Month – FL Betony

Published on March 14, 2019 under Garden
Florida Betony Latin name:  Stachys floridana - Lamiaceae (Mint Family)   Common name:  Florida betony, wild radish, rattlesnake weed, Florida hedgenettle   Usage:  The tubers of S. floridana are used  as food and have a…
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March Plant of the Month: Violet

Published on March 1, 2019 under Garden
March Plant of the Month: Violet
March - Violet Latin name: Viola odorata,Viola affinis, Viola sororia, Viola tricolor, (and related species) -  Violaceae Common name: Violet , sweet violet, common blue violet, common wood violet, heartsease Usage: There are anywhere between…
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February Plant of the Month: Spearmint

Published on January 1, 2019 under Garden
February Plant of the Month: Spearmint
Latin name: Mentha spicata (aka M. viridis or M. sativa) Common name: Spearmint, gardenmint Usage: There are hundreds of varieties of cultivars within the mint family, many of which are used for their pleasant taste…
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December Plant of the Month: Hibiscus

Published on December 1, 2018 under Garden
December Plant of the Month: Hibiscus
Latin name: Hibiscus sabdariffa, H. acetosella, Malvaceae Common names: H. sabdariffa: Hibiscus, Jamaica, Roselle, Florida Cranberry, native to India and Malaysia H. acetosella: Cranberry Hibiscus, Red Maple Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow Hibiscus,…
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November Plant of the Month: Dagga

Published on November 1, 2018 under Garden
Latin name: Leonotis nepetifolia Common names: Dagga, Klip dagga, Lion's ear, Shandilay Growth: Erect, loosely branched annual that can get 8 ft tall. The stems are starkly square and leaves are smooth, with toothed margins,…
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October Plant of the Month: Scorpion Tail

Published on October 1, 2018 under Garden
October Plant of the Month: Scorpion Tail
Latin name: Heliotropium angiospermum, Boraginaceae Common names: Scorpion-Tail, Heliotrope Growth: About 2 feet in height, native to the Central East Coast of Florida, and South Florida, as well as the Caribbean and Central America. In…
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August Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha

Published on August 1, 2018 under Garden
August Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha
August's Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha Latin name: Withania somnifera, Solanaceae  Common names: Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng* Growth: About 2 feet in height, native to India. In Central Florida Ashwagandha is a nice herbaceous…
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