Florida Friendly Plant of the Week

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Dancing Ladies

November 04, 2016 - 07:39


October 28, 2016- A delightful plant in bloom right now is the Dancing Lady orchid or Oncidium spp. Oncidium species are usually epiphytes, meaning they grow harmlessly on other plants, while some grow on rocks.

There are about 600 different species of Oncidiums. They are extremely diverse, as species grow from sea level to 13,300 feet, throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean and Florida.

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week Florida Red Maple, Acer rubrum

October 15, 2016 - 13:49

Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

Florida Red Maple, Acer rubrum

Who says Florida can’t have Fall color? There are many plants we can work into our landscape to bring traditional fall color, although sometimes in a non-tradtional way. In the next few articles, we’ll cover what Florida-Friendly trees are deciduous and bring color (not always in the fall, sometimes we have to wait a bit) and Florida-Friendly plants which bring wonderful autumn hues to our landscape.

Florida-Friendly Plant of the Week: Southern Red Cedar

June 09, 2016 - 20:39

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, Hernando County Utilities Department

Southern Red Cedar, Juniperus silicicola, is an impressive native evergreen tree that stands out in the landscape. These fast growing trees makes good windbreaks, as they grow 30-45 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide. They prefer dry soil and have a high drought tolerance. They are happy in bright sun to partial shade. They have a high salt tolerance. In sandhill topography, they are often the only bright green plant to see in the dead of winter. They provide food, cover and nesting sites for birds.

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Oakleaf Hydrangea

May 13, 2016 - 15:53

Lilly Browning serves as the Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator.

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, is a fantastic native shrub to have in your yard. The flowers are white or pink, and are quite lovely. Don’t expect the ball of puffy blooms you will see on the non-native French Hydrangea, but they are prolific and stunning in their own right. Even when not in bloom, this native shrub has very large and distinct leaves, shaped like oak leaves. So, this shrub holds interest even when not flowering. It prefers dry to partially wet soil, but can do well in occasionally wet soil.

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Chickasaw Plum

April 20, 2016 - 16:05

Hernando County Florida Friendly Plant Program Coordinator

Chickasaw Plum, Prunus augustifolia, is a lovely little native tree that provides white flowers in late winter/early spring. It can be seen on roadsides peeking through the edge of the forest. Often confused for dogwood from a distance, Chickasaw Plum is a harbinger to central Florida spring. Chickasaw Plum can grow from 12 feet to 20 feet in height, and can spread 15 to 20 feet wide. It prefers well drained soil and doesn’t mind sand a bit. It has a high drought tolerance. It prefers full sun to part shade. It has a medium salt tolerance.

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