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The rainy, cool, gray weather we are having here in the Midwestern part of the country is very unusual for mid-July but its leaving the landscape unusually green and lush here in Northern Kentucky. The purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan and Shasta daisy are all at their peak and are especially pretty this year. Check out our newest Plant Profile, cornelian cherry, tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   July20, 2014

New Profile!

cornelian cherry
Cornus mas

Despite the common name, cornelian cherry (Cornus mas is actually one of the dogwoods. It is a large shrub or small tree and is one of the earliest blooming woody species. In late winter cornelian cherry covers itself in clusters of tiny yellow flowers. By mid-summer the attractive, edible fruits ripen providing food for birds and other wildlife. Read about the cornelian cherry, a pretty ornamental that grows in USDA Zones 5 - 8.


Feathered Amaranth

Cultivars of celosia (Celosia argentea) with a feathery upright flowerheads are placed in the Plumosa Group. They are commonly called feathered amaranth, woolflower or red fox. This patch of of pink celosias has reseeded itself in my friend's garden for years. Download a large version (800x600) of this pretty pink feathered amaranth.

feathered amaranth
While taking pictures of my friend's celosia (Celosia argentea) patch I noticed that one of the plants had mutated into the crested/cockscomb form. This oddly shaped, flattened form is commonly called cockscomb because it resembles that weird thing on the top of a rooster's head. Download a large cockscomb to display on your desktop.

Articles & Resources

Giant Hogweed

Everyone knows what a weed is: it’s a plant growing in the wrong place. Whether it’s in an aquarium, in a potted plant, in a garden, or widespread in a field, it’s not supposed to be there. Weeds vary from the green algal slime on the walls of an untended fish tank, bind-weed (Convolvulus sp.) in a row of pole beans, dandelion or cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radiata) in a lawn, or silk oak (Grevillea robusta) colonizing a slope on Kaua`i. And, as those examples suggest, weeds can vary drastically in size from the unicellular alga to the 10 m tall tree. A single definition hardly fits such an array of organisms. Instead of a technical definition term to define weediness, it is most useful to look at some of the features of plants that enable them to be weeds. Comprehensive discussions of weediness can be found in two classic treatments of the subject by the late University of California, Berkeley botanist, Herbert G. Baker. Read article »

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Butterfly Gallery

Flowering Woodies

loblolly bay flower
Loblolly Bay

Another thing I miss about back home in North Florida is seeing the statuesque loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus) trees in bloom. This native tree produces white waxy blossoms that are easy to see, held against the tree's rich green evergreen leaves.

More summer's fragrant woody species:
American linden (Tilia americana)
Ashe magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
linden (Tilia cordata) mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata )
smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
yellow anisetree(Illicium parviflorum)

Kentucky yellowwood
Cladrastis kentukea

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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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.


Summer Bulbs & Tubers

'Casa Blanca' Lily
I saw some of the pure white 'Casa Blanca' lilies (Lilium hybrids) in bloom last week. These Oriental lilies are as beautifully fragrant as they are visually stunning! Click to download a large version (800x600) of this beauty to enjoy on your computer desktop.

More summer blooming bulbs and tubers:
Aztec Lily (Sprekelia formosissima)
caladium (Caladium bicolor)
calla lily (Zantedeschia spp.)
canna (Canna X generalis)
cape lily (Crinum X powellii)
crocosmia (Crocosmia X crocosmiiflora)
dahlia (Dahlia spp.)
daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids)
Formosa lily (Lilium formosanum)
gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
gloriosa lily (Gloriosa superba)
grand crinum lily (Crinum asiaticum)
hosta (Hosta spp.)
lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus spp.)
parrotlily (Alstroemeria psittacina)
rain lily (Zephyranthes grandiflora)
surprise lilies (Lycoris squamigera)

possumhaw berries
Begonia x tuberhybrida

Plants for Wet Soils

scarlet rose mallow
Scarlet Rose Mallow

Even when it doesn't rain torrents every day, you may have places in your yard and garden that for one reason or another stays wet/moist most of the time. Many beautiful plants prefer to grow in wet soils so take advantage to grow beauties like the the scarlet hibiscus Hibiscus coccineus) and many other garden favorites that thrive under such conditions.

More species that prefer moist soils:
bulrush (Schoenoplectus californicus)
dense gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
gamma grass (Tripsacum dactyloides)
giant rose mallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus)
golden canna (Canna flaccida)
golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea)
horsetail (Equisetum hyemale)
Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Louisiana iris (Iris Louisiana hybrids)
obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
sand cordgrass (Spartina bakeri)
spiderwort (Tradescantia Andersoniana Group)
swamp mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
taro (Colocasia esculenta)

possumhaw berries

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hardy hibiscus
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