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Here in the Greater Cincinnati area we are enjoying some beautiful early autumn weather! I've been cleaning up the flower beds and intend to plant some lettuce, spinach and radish among the perennials - hopefully I'll be able to harvest a few tasty salads before the really cold weather strikes. Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   Sept 14, 2014

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anise hyssop
Ligustrum vulgare

Common privet (Ligustrum vulgare) is a deciduous shrub that is often used to create sheared hedges. Privet is a native of southern Europe but has spread to many other parts of the world. The species has proven to be invasive in temperate climates in the United States, Canada and Australia where its culture is prohibited or discouraged. Read about the common privet, a durable and useful shrub that grows in USDA Zones 5 - 8 but that should only be grown in its native range.

Picture Gallery

American persimmon
American Persimmon

The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) trees around here produced a large crop this year. The birds and other wildlife love these things - I'm going to try and get one to taste this year! Click here to download a large version (800x600) to decorate your desktop.

Dahoon Holly Berries
Dahoon Holly Berries
Another American native (to the southeastern USA), dahoon holly /(Ilex cassine) is a small tree whose berries are just beginning to ripen. There is a dahoon growing by my pond that becomes a popular bird hangout in winter when the berries are ripe and ready. Click to download a large version (800x600) of these beautiful berries for your desktop.

shrimp plant
Firethorn Fruits

The showy fruits on the firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) shrub in my yard down in North Florida begin to ripen at this time of year. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image to display on your computer desktop.

Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.

Articles & Resources

Tulip History
A Tulip History

Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Mo'omomi Dunes
Mo‘omomi Dunes, Moloka‘i

Although one of the smaller of the Hawaiian Islands, Moloka‘i incorporates a rural life style all but vanished from the larger islands and a quiet beauty of its own. Its nickname, The Friendly Isle, could not be more apt. Click here for a botanical tour of this uniquely beautiful island.

Other articles by Bruce include:
Dubautia — A Study in Diversity
Hawaiian Sandalwood - A Shameful History
Hawaiian Silversword
Iliau—Kaua`i’s Silversword
Lava Life
Rare Delights of Hawaii

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


zebra longwing butterfly

The familiar annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are finishing up the season and the neighborhood birds are feasting on the immature seedheads. Click to download a large version.

longtail skipper
Beach Sunflower

Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) is a low-growing species that scrambles across beaches and dunes from Texas to the east coast of Florida.

Jerusalem artichoke
Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke, also known as sunchoke, (Helianthus tuberosus) is another sunflower relative that produces edible white tubers. Click to download a large version.

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The Floridata Plant Encyclopedia profiles all kinds of plants for every kind of climate. Visit the master Plant Profile List page that organizes species alphabetically by botanical name. Use the FloridataGrid page for advanced sorting, filtering and searching of the database.

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Plant Type Tags
One or more "tags", represented as icons, are are assigned to a species to indicate plant form form and type.
Feature Tags
These tags are assigned to a species to summarize characteristics and uses.


Cool Weather Greens

Brassica oleracea var. capitata

Autumn is a perfect time to grow leafy green vegetables like these:
arugula (Eruca sativa)
chard/beet (Beta vulgaris)
chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
collards/kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)
endive (Cichorium endivia)
fetticus/corn salad (Valerianella locusta)
lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
mustard greens (Brassica juncea)
orach (Atriplex hortensis)
radicchio/Belgium endive/chicory (Cichorum intybus)
radish (Raphanus sativus)
spinach (Spinacea oleracea)
turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapifera)

salad burnet
Sanguisorba minor

Visit Floridata's Edible Plant index page to see the entire list.

If you are interested in growing vegetables, you will enjoy reading Steve's All Year Vegetable Gardening post.
Medicinal Plants

common goldenrod
Solidago odora

Autumn is when the sweet goldenrod burst into bloom throughout eastern North America. Long used in folk medicines, this showy wildflower is also known as blue mountain tea and used to treat urinary, digestive problem as well as several other complaints.

Some other plants used to treat various GI complaints:
bitter aloe (Aloe ferox)
comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
English marigold (Calendula officinalis)
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
papaya (Carica papaya)
poppy (Papaver somniferum)
purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
St. John's wort(Hypericum perforatum)
yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

autumn crocus
Colchicum autumnale

Also called autumn crocus, this plant is the source of colchicine, a drug long used to treat gout. Clinical trials will soon begin on a "smart bomb" cancer treatment in which the toxic property of the colchicine molecule is activated only when it comes in contact with a tumor - the cancer cells are killed and the healthy cells are unaffected. Click to read more about this talented little beauty.

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It's time to plant spring-flowering bulbs! You'll be glad you did when you see the brave little snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) popping up in your garden next winter. The snowdrops bloom even before the snow crocus (Crocus spp.) both of which you should plant in fall ) if you live in Zones 3-7. (I grow crocus in North Florida Zone 8. They do OK but tend to die out after a few seasons.)

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