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We will begin redirecting web traffic from the Plant Profiles on this site to the new mobile-friendly Floridata at the end of the month. We'll keep this old site up until July when most of the content and apps will be up on the new site. I hope the changes are not too disruptive and that you'll visit Floridata often as we upgrade our systems and site to better support tablet, smartphone and other mobile device technologies. Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   May 18, 2015

New Profile!

apple serviceberry
We are now posting our new Plant Profiles only on the new site (the Plant Encyclopedia part on this old site will be phased out at the end of the month - all traffic will be redirect to the new site at that time. Apple serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) is hybrid of two North American species. It is a large shrub or small tree with showy flowers in spring and a colorful fall foliage display. Read more about this attractive landscaping item that is a perfect choice for smaller yards and spaces in Zones 5-8.

Picture Gallery

The gardenias (Gardenia augusta) bloom at this time of year back home "down south". Soon each shrub will be blanketed in beautiful blossoms that scent the moist warm air with a fine fragrance. Click to download a large of version (800x600) of this gorgeous gardenia.

Devil's Trumpet Bud
Devil's Trumpet Bud

The showy devil's trumpet Datura inoxia var. quinquecuspida large flowers open rapidly over a half hour period just at dusk (see video in the profile). Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image.

'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. Click to download a large version (800x600).

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 Daylily - A Perfect Perennial

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...

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Blooming Woodies

dwarf fothergilla
Fothergilla gardenii

Dwarf fothergilla is a deciduous shrub that is a native of the southeastern United States. It features showy bottlebrush-shaped flower clusters in early spring and in fall the leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. It prefers a woodsy setting and due to its small stature it is a good choice for smaller yards and gardens.

Here are more woody shrubs and small trees that bloom around this time of year:
candytuft (Iberis sempervirens )
coralbean (Erythrina herbacea )
fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus )
glossy abelia (Abelia X grandiflora )
honeycups (Zenobia pulverulenta )
lemon bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus )
loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense )
pipestem (Agarista populifolia )
Reeves' spirea (Spiraea cantoniensis )
southern hawthorn (Crataegus viridis )
tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa )

oakleaf hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia

Syringa reticulata

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.



gamma grass
Gamma Tripsacum dactyloides

More grasses to use in the garden and naturalistic plantings:
blue muhlygrass (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)
indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
pink muhlygrass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
sand cordgrass (Spartina bakeri)
switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

sea oats
Uniola paniculata

big bluestem
Andropogon gerardii

blue fescue
Festuca glauca


Abelmoschus esculentus

More plants for shady places:
corn (Zea mays )
garlic (Allium sativum )
green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
lima or butter bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
onion (Allium cepa Cepa Group)
parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
peppers (Capsicum spp.)
potatoes (Solanum tuberosum)
radish (Raphanus sativus)
tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa)

Sechium edule

Solanum melongena

soybean and edamame
Glycine max

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View more edible Plant Profiles on the Edible Plant List on our new mobile-friendly website.

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