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I'm late with my update this week due to being frozen and buried under a foot of snow. Once I thaw out, I'll post a new Plant Profile in a couple of days. Stay warm, tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   February 24, 2015

New Profile!


Floridata's newest plant profile is of hepatica  (Anemone americana), a tiny North American wildflower that grows in colonies on the forest floor. They bloom in early spring (actually now in Steve's Zone 8 garden!) Read more about this little woodland beauty for USDA Zones 3 - 8.

Picture Gallery

star magnolia
Star Magnolia

I have a few 'Waterlily' star magnolias in my yard in North Florida (Zone 8) that begin blooming sporadically in January, pausing only for passing hard freezes. 'Waterlily' is a small shrubby variety that, as the weather warms, will be covered in hundreds of shapely fragrant flowers. Click here to download a large version.

Prunus angustifolia
Chickasaw Plum Blossoms

The Chickasaw plums (Prunus angustifolia) bloom very early in the season along the Gulf Coast. This little tree tends to form colonies and signals its presence at this time of year with clouds of tiny white flowers. Click here to download a large version.

'Duc de Rhohen' Azalea
Rhododendron spp.

I received word that the first few blossoms appeared on the 'Duc de Rohen' azaleas at my place. In a week or two our part of (Zone 8) North Florida will be ablaze in (mostly) Southern Indica varieties and it is a sight to see! Click to download a large version of the "Duc".

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

Woodland Wildflower Gardening
Woodland Wildflower Gardening

Grow Your own mushrooms!
Grow Shiitakes!

Flowering Plants of Hawaii

The Flowering Plants of Hawaii series, by botanist Bruce Bohm is a comprehensive survey of flowering plant species found in the Hawaiian Islands. Click here for the menu and series introduction.

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...

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Cool Weather Annuals


This nemesia (Nemesia strumosa) selection is 'Sunsatia Peach'. Nemesias are small cool weather annuals available in a range of jewel-like colors.

Another cool weather annual, this stock (Matthiola incana), is one of the Harmony Series known for roselike fragrant flowers.

More cool weather lovers to read about:
calendula (Calendula officinalis)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
common primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Icelandic poppy (Papaver nudicaule)
moss verbena (Glandularia puchella)
nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

Common Primrose
Primula vulgaris

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.


Early Blooming Woodies

common lilac
Syringa vulgaris

The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) produces one of springtime's most uncommonly beautiful and fragrant flowers. It's been a garden favorite for centuries and dozens of cultivars are now available in an assortment of colors from white to blue to pink.

More early blooming woody shrubs to look for:
dwarf fothergilla ( Fothergilla gardenii)
forsythia (Forsythia spp.)
hybrid witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia)
Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata)
old fashioned weigela (Weigela florida)
possomhaw (Viburnum nudum)
sandanqua viburnum (Viburnum suspensum)
shiny lyonia (Lyonia lucida)
strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)
sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum)
witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

baby's breath spirea
Spiraea thunbergii

Baby's breath spirea is a favorite spring-blooming woody ornamental and one of several Spiraea species used in landscaping. Bridal wreath spirea (S. prunifolia) blooms a littler earlier than baby's breath and before Reeve's spirea (S. cantoniensis) which blooms in mid-spring.

European hazel
Corylus avellana

Graceful catkins (pollen producing male flowers) dangle from European hazel nut trees in late winter and early spring.

For the Birds

Carolina cherry laurel flowers
Prunus caroliniana

Around this time of year, the native Carolina cherry laurel blooms at my place in Florida's Big Bend (USDA Zone 8). This attractive evergreen is a small tree but is often trimmed and even sheared to maintain it as a shrub for use in hedges and screens.

Carolina cherry laurel
Carolina Cherry Laurel Fruit

In late winter, both flowers and fruit are present on the plant, but not for long - migrating flocks of birds will be stopping by snacks. Visit the Carolina Cherry Laurel Wallpaper Gallery to view and download these images.


This fruits of this blueberry species are technically edible but the flavor varies and most humans do not find them palatable - but birds and wildlife love them. Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) is a great choice for drought tolerant natural and wildlife plantings across eastern North America.

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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.

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