Last week the ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) began blooming in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood. This is a male flower cluster and the source of the pollen that produces such massive measures of misery and mucus for allergy sufferers. Click to download a large version (800x600) and visit the Ragweed Wallpaper Gallery for more images.
Although we mostly grow dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) for its unusual white(ish) foliage I noticed that the bright yellow flower clusters were pretty too! Click to download a large version (800x600) of this image .
The Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundiflora) loves the heat and reaches it flowery peak at this time of year. Click to download a large version (800x600) this brilliantly blazing blossom.
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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
Rare Delights of Hawaii
Weird, Unusual & Unloved
The super-exotic staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.) is surprisingly easy to grow indoors and even easier outdoors in frostfree climates. Some plants are more popular than others and the staghorn fern profile is one of those on Floridata that is viewed much less often than the more popular plants (plumbago has remained the most viewed Profile for more than a year).
Here is a list of other less visited but nevertheless interesting Plant Profiles:
ball moss (Tillandsia recurvata)
carrion flower (Stapelia spp.)
dodder (Cuscuta spp)
giant bulrush (Schoenoplectus californicus)
golden club (Orontium aquaticum)
horsetail (Equisetum hyemale)
jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias)
myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)
resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides)
Russian arborvitae (Microbiota decussata)
scouring rush ( Juncus effusus)
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
wax plant (Hoya carnosa)
I found a bed of chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata) growing in my neighborhood. It's a low growing perennial plant, often planted as a large scale ground cover, with colorful leaves and small white flowers. The leaves smell like fish but are said to have medicinal properties used to treat allergies and asthma.