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September – Sida

Published on August 16, 2019 under Garden
September - Sida Sida rhombifoliaLatin name: Sida rhombifolia, Sida ulmifolia, Sida acuta, Sida cordifolia  - Malvaceae(* A note on S.acuta vs. S.ulmifolia - “ Although S. acuta has often been applied to Florida material, Krapovickas (2003) restricted the use of S. acuta to plants with…
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August – Spiderwort

Published on July 15, 2019 under Garden
August - Spiderwort Latin name:  Tradescantia ohiensis - Commelinaceae Common name: Spiderwort, bluejacket, Ohio spiderwort, day flower Usage:  Tradescantia ohiensis, or spiderwort, is a Florida native edible and medicinal plant that is tolerant of the…
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July Plant of the Month – Cayenne

Published on June 28, 2019 under Garden
July: Cayenne Latin name: Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens  - Solanaceae Common name: Cayenne, chili pepper, chile Usage: The powdered fruit of Capsicum annuum is a familiar culinary spice found in most grocery stores and many…
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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 - 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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