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Welcome to Floridata!

Our entire Plant Encyclopedia is now available in a new format that is optimized for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. For the next couple of weeks both new and old versions of each Plant Profile will be online, at that point only the new format versions will be available. I'm transferring the remaining content pages now (check out the Butterfly Gallery!) and hope to have the process completed by July 4, our 20th anniversary. Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about Floridata (especially the new site) and be good and grow! ~ Jack   May 3, 2015

New Profile!

Chinese redbud
The Chinese redbud (Cercis chinensis) is a small ornamental tree, or large shrub, that blooms at this time of year. It is very similar in appearance to the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) and like its an American relative, is also often used in home landscapes. Read more about this in USDA Zones3-8. The Chinese redbud Plant Profile is the first to posted exclusively on our new (mobile optimized) site as we finish up the migration of the entire Plant Encyclopedia into its new format and location.

Picture Gallery

tulip poplar
Tulip Poplar Flower

The tulip poplar trees are beginning to bloom here in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood. If you look closely, it is easy to see the resemblance of the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) flower to those of its close relatives, the magnolias (see the southern magnolia). Download a large version of this and other images from the Tulip Poplar Wallpaper Gallery.

Chinese dogwood
Cornus kousa

The Chinese or kousa dogwood is a cousin of eastern USA's native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The Chinese dogwoods begin blooming around the time that the native dogwoods are finishing up. Click here for more on this showy small flowering tree or large shrub that has become very popular around here as a landscape specimen. Download a large version (800x600) version of this and other images from the Chinese Dogwood Wallpaper Gallery

Scrambling Skyflower

This skyflower (Thunbergia battiscombei) is a tropical perennial that is root hardy here in Zone 8 where I garden. They have recovered from last winter's freezes and are beginning to bloom. They continue flowering throughout the heat of summer and keep going until winter's first freeze. Click to download a large version (800x600) of the spectacular skyflower to display on your desktop.

black locust
Robinia pseudoacacia

This wide ranging black locust tree Robinia pseudoacacia is a native of the central and eastern United States. At this time of year the trees cover themselves in dangling clumps of fragrant white blossoms. Download a large version of this and other images from the Black Locust Wallpaper Gallery.

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

The Hardy Hibiscus
Not the fussy tropical houseplants, but tough, hardy shrubs that light up gardens as far north as Zone 4 with flowers up to 12 inches across! Click here to read about hardy hibiscus.

The Flowering Plants of Hawaii series is an extensive survey of flowering plant species found in the Hawaiian Islands by Canadian botanist Bruce Bohm. Click here for the series introduction and chapter menu.

Here are some shortcut links to some of the content on Floridata's Resources & Articles page:

Pepper (Capsicum spp.) Gallery
The Master Gardener Program
How to Create a Meadow Garden
How To Germinate Palm Seeds
Start Your Own Pepper and Tomato Plants
What's in a Plant Name?
Click for more...


The Daylily - A Perfect Perennial

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Fragrant Flowers

lily of the valley
Lily of the Valley

In my neighborhood the lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) plants are just beginning to pop out of the ground. The fragrant little flowers should be out in about two weeks!

More fragrant spring beauties:
Armand's clematis (Clematis armandii)
American olive (Osmanthus americanus)
black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
giant onion (Allium giganteum)
bearded iris (Iris germanica)
four o'clocks(Mirabilis jalapa)
franklinia (Franklinia alatamaha)
fuzzy deutzia (Deutzia scabra)
garden lily (Lilium hybrids)
lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)
peony (Paeonia lactiflora)
peony, tree (Paeonia suffruticosa)
phlox, moss(Phlox subulata)
phlox, summer (Phlox paniculata) showy evening primrose(Oenothera speciosa)
wisteria, American(Wisteria frutescens)
wisteria, Chinese (Wisteria sinensis)

'Night Ruler' Bearded Iris

This famous bearded iris (Iris germanica) variety with the (almost) black flowers bloomed last week. The buds are almost pure black and then fade slightly to a very dark purple as they age.

Mimosa Tree Blossom

(Albizia julibrissin)

'White Cascade' Flowering Crabapple

(Malus sp.)

Floridata Master Plant List
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.

Plant Tag Lists
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.


Fruits and Nuts

Ripening Gumi Fruit

The gumi (Elaeagnus multiflora) is sweet, slightly astringent and totally tasty. Birds like gumi too. Click to download a large of version (800x600) of this image.

More edible woodies to consider:
black walnut (Juglans nigra)
pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia)
papaya (Carica papaya)
pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa)

a ripe fig
'Brown Turkey' Fig
Ficus carica

Carya illinoinensis

Rubus fruticosus

highbush blueberry blossoms
Highbush Blueberry Blossoms
Vaccinium corymbosum

Grow Your Own tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Plant a salsa garden - here are the ingredients::

basil (Ocimum basilicum )
cilantro (Coriandrum sativum )
garlic (Allium sativum )
onion (Allium cepa Cepa Group)
peppers (Capsicum spp.)
scallion (Allium fistulosum)
tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa)

Purple Podded Pole bead
Phaseolus vulgaris

Here are more beautiful beans to try in this year's garden:

adzuki bean (Vigna angularis)
butter or lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
Goa bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)
lablab or hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab)
scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius)

Fava Bean Pods
Vicia faba

Japanese eggplant
Solanum melongena

Sechium edule

Cucumis sativus

Yes! It IS a cucumber - it's the 'Lemon' cuke and it's just one of dozens of varieties that you can try in your garden!

For more profiles of fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs, visit Floridata's List of Edible Plants - tablet and smartphone users might prefer our new mobile version of the Shade Plants List!

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