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The pollen levels are insane here in the Ohio Valley - the native birches and oaks are jacking up the pollen count now. The nasty ornamental pears (Pyrus calleryana) are blooming here (mostly 'Aristocrat', 'Chanticleer' and 'Cleveland Select' selections). Experts seem to agree that their pollen is too heavy to be causing people allergic discomfort but I can testify that the odor of the blossoms irritates my nose and feels like allergy. Whatever the case, I hope everyone will stop planting this highly invasive species and maybe even remove existing trees. Plant a tree but not this species! Please tell your friends about Floridata and be good and grow. ~ Jack   April 22, 2014

New Profile!

broad bean
Vicia faba

Because of it association with a certain disturbing movie, we use "broad bean" (Vicia faba) as this species' preferred common name. Broad beans can be eaten raw (taste like edamame) or cooked. Immature pods are prepared like like green beans and young leaves prepared like spinach. Read more about this nutritious bean that is very easy to grow in USDA Zones 3 - 9 (but they dislike hot weather, they require cool temperatures and can handle mild frosts and freezes.

Daffodil Time

Yoshino cherry blossoms
'Cheerfulness' Daffodil
There are a lot of the double flowered 'Cheerfulness' daffodil (Narcissus spp.) growing around my neighborhood. This beauty has golden yellow centers that darken to a peach color as the flower matures. Download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.

Higan cherry
'Ice Follies' Daffodil

This is another popular variety of daffodil (Narcissus spp.) that has white petals with a large yellow cup that lightens to almost white as it ages. Click to download a large version (800x600) for your computer desktop.

paperbark cherry
'Fortune' Daffodil

'Fortune' has bright yellow petals with an orange cup that blooms in mid-spring. Click to download a large version (800x600) for your computer desktop.

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

Huntington Gardens
A Visit to Huntington Gardens

Bruce Bohm sent us a mini-tour of Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California. It's famous for its collection of cactus and other desert plants. Click here for menu of Bruce's other articles.

It has been quite a while since I did any Gardener's Journal posts. I was feeling nostalgic after last month's trip back to North Florida and was reading what I was going on in the garden during March in previous years:
April - Dec. 2002 Gardener's Journal
April 2003 Gardener's Journal
April 2008 Gardener's Journal

April Briarpatch videos from the archive:
April 4, 2010 - Easter Buds
April 8, 2010 - See Hawks and Florida Flames
April 10, 2010 - The Dogwood
April 13, 2010 - Nests and Native Shrubs
April 17, 2010 - My Azaleas
April 25, 2010 - Blooming Olives and Kaki Persimmons

Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery


pink dogwood
'Cherokee Chief' Dogwood

Back home in North Florida you see mostly dogwoods (Cornus florida) with white bracts but here in the Cincinnati area (Zone 6) people plant a lot of pink-flowered dogwoods. One of the most popular, and the most intensely colored, is the variety 'Cherokee Chief'. Click here to download a large version (800x600).

white dogwood
Flowering Dogwood

The white dogwoods are just are pretty - here's one in in full bloom in a home landscape. Click here to download a large version (800x600).

Chinese dogwood
Chinese Dogwood

The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a relative of our native flowering dogwood. This one blooms later in the season in late spring and early summer after the leaves have appeared. Click here to download a large version (800x600).

We are working on two more dogwood (Cornus) species that will be added to Florida later in the year.

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.


Fragrant Spring Woodies

Carolina allspice
Carolina allspice
Calycanthus floridus

More fragrant woody species to perfume your yard and garden:
boxwood, common (Buxus sempervirens)
boxwood, littleleaf (Buxus microphylla)
chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
glossy abelia (Abelia X grandiflora )
honeycups (Zenobia pulverulenta)
Japanese adromeda (Pieris japonica)
lilac (Syringa vulgaris )
magnolia, Yulan (Magnolia heptapeta)
magnolia, Japanese (Magnolia x soulangeana)
magnolia, Ashe (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
witch alder (Fothergilla major)

sweetbay magnolia blossom
Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana

Woodies for Warmer Climates

American Olive
Osmanthus americanus

These fragrant wood grow in warmer climates (USDA Zone 7+ ):
anise, Florida (Illicium floridanum)
anise, yellow (Illicium parviflorum )
banana shrub (Michelia figo)
crepe-jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata)
fetterbush (Lyonia lucida)
Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)
oleander (Choisya ternata)
rose, Cherokee (Rosa laevigata)
rose, Lady Banks (Rosa banksiae)
Japanese mock orange (Pittosporum tobira)
sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum)

Chinese fringe tree
Loropetalum chinense

Nice Honeysuckles

Lonicera sempervirens

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) vine is a native of the eastern United States and might just be the best plant for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. They begin blooming in mid to late spring causing great battles to erupt among the territorial hummers for sole possession of the nectar rich blossoms.

Lonicera fragrantissima

Back home in North Florida the beautifully scented winter honeysuckle shrub (Lonicera fragrantissima) will bloom in late January and even here in Kentucky I saw them blooming in early March last year. The super-cold, super-long winter this year kept the flowers hiding in their buds until just last week!

Not So Nice Honeysuckles

Chinese honeysuckle
Lonicera maackii

The Chinese honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) is a large, fast-growing shrub that has become an invading pest in many temperate climates where it has been planted outside its natural range. In the Cincinnati area, hillsides and forests are chocked with this shrub. Native plants in areas where it has taken root are virtually eliminated. If you have this shrub on your property you would be doing the environment a huge favor by removing it/them.

Japanese honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica

Another foreign invader is the Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) which, unlike its cousin the Chinese honeysuckle, is a vine. An unfortunate, but common situation in my neighborhood is the presence of both of these with the shrubby Chinese honeysuckle shrubs draped in garlands of Japanese honeysuckly vine. What a mess!

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