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Welcome to Floridata!

It's spring! The daffodils are beginning to bloom and (after years of agony) I have a preview of the new Mobile Floridata Plant Encyclopedia up and running. It will take a few days to update some broken image links, etc. but it is usable and is especially handy for smartphone and tablet users. Visit us often this season to see all of the upcoming changes to our site. Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   March 22, 2015

New Profile!

Magnolia acuminata

The cucumber magnolia tree (Magnolia acuminata) is a large forest tree that is, native to eastern North American. A smaller variety subcordata, know as the yellow cucumber tree is available as a number of cultivars suitable for home landscapes. Read more about this handsome tree that is hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 8.

Picture Gallery

Cherokee rose
Cherokee Rose

I have a love/hate relationship with the Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata) which is blooming now down on the Gulf Coast. I love it when it's in bloom and hate it when it's not. Actually it's more that I fear it - the plant shoots 20 foot stems out in all directions with the intent of slicing flesh with its enormously pointy thorns. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this beauty to view safely on you computer desktop.

'Pickwick' Crocus

The pretty little 'Pickwick' Dutch crocus (Crocus spp.). in my Northern Kentucky backyard bloomed this week! This variety's flowers are white with purple veins that age to solid purple with age. Click here to download a large version of 'Pickwick' (800x600) Spring Crocus Wallpaper to see others.


After a long dreary winter, a most joyous sight is the golden glow of a forsythia (Forsythia spp.) bush in full bloom. Steve has trimmed his into a fountain of flower-covered arching stems. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this springtime favorite.

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

All About Iris
All About Iris

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.

Hanging Gardens

blue anise sage
Verbena X hybrida

Growing plants in hanging baskets is fun and easy if you select plants that are 1) able to grow in containers 2) sturdy enough to not be blown apart when it's windy and 3) adapted to the light (sunny or shady) of the location. Garden verbena (Verbena X hybrida ) is especially rugged, can endure hot sun, is really pretty and is a non-stop bloomer!

Here are some favorites (low-growing and trailing varieties are best) for hanging pot in hot sunny locations:
asparagus fern (Protasparagus densiflorus)
anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.)
creeping spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)
geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)
Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
purple-heart tradescantia (Tradescantia pallida)
purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
seashore petunia (Calibrachoa X hybrida)
wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri)

Mandevilla spp.

Plumbago auriculata

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.

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


Butterflies Love Salvias

blue anise sage
Salvia guaranitica

Most of the salvias are easy to grow and very attractive to butterflies. Here are a few more that you might want to try in your garden:

autumn sage (Salvia greggii )
culinary sage (Salvia officinalis)
Indigo Spires sage (Salvia 'Indigo Spires' )
lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata)
mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea)
Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)
Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana)
pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)
Scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea)

hybrid salvia
Hybrid Sage
Salvia nemorosa

The plants covered in this profile are more properly named Salvia X sylvestris but are typically identified in the nursery trade as cultivars of Salvia nemorosa. Unlike many of the other ornamental sage species, the hybrid sages can be grown in more northern zones. Many of the most popular cultivars were developed in Germany and may be labeled with either the German or English translation: 'Mainacht' ('May Night'), 'Blauh├╝gel' ('Blue Mound'), 'Blauk├Ânigin' ('Blue Queen') among the most commonly encountered.

Berry Nice

Fragaria X ananassa

Springtime is for strawberries! They're fun to grow, don't require much room in the garden and fresh picked fruits are incredibly delicious. Take a look at these other even easier to grow beautiful berry bushes:

Rubus fruticosus

highbush blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum

There are several species from which we obtain edible blueberries, here are a couple others:

mayberry (Vaccinium elliottii)
rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei )

American elder
Sambucus canadensis

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