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The kids have gone back to school here and it almost feels like the summer is over - but it's not! There is still time for most of us to plan, plant and harvest a fall vegetable garden. Cabbage, radish, peas, onions, lettuce and collards are just a few of the vegetables that thrive in cooler - even frosty - weather. Please visit us often this autumn, tell your friends about Floridata and be good and grow! ~ Jack   August 18, 2014


New Profile!

orange jasmine
Castanea pumila

The chinquapin (Castanea pumila) is a shrub or small tree that is native to the southeastern portion of North America. It produces an edible nut that resembles a small chestnut. Read about chinquapin, a small for natural and wildlife landscapes in USDA Zones 5 - 9.

Magnolia Burs

sweetbay magnolia seed
Sweetbay Magnolia Cones

This is a ripe burr of the sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) that has dropped all but one of its mature seeds. Download large versions of this and other images from the Sweetbay Magnolia Wallpaper Gallery.


Ashe magnolia
Ashe

This is an unripe burr of the bigleaf or Ashe magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei ). It will be a few months before the ripe seeds are released. Click to download a large version and visit the Ashe Magnolia Wallpaper Gallery for more images.


southern magnolia
Southern Magnolia

(Magnolia grandiflora) Click to download a large version and visit the Southern Magnolia Wallpaper Gallery for more images.

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

black-eyed Susan
Wild American Beauty: The Black-Eyed Susan


Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.


Mo'omomi Dunes
Mo‘omomi Dunes, Moloka‘i

Although one of the smaller of the Hawaiian Islands, Moloka‘i incorporates a rural life style all but vanished from the larger islands and a quiet beauty of its own. Its nickname, The Friendly Isle, could not be more apt. Click here for a botanical tour of this uniquely beautiful island.

Other articles by Bruce include:
Dubautia — A Study in Diversity
Hawaiian Sandalwood - A Shameful History
Hawaiian Silversword
Iliau—Kaua`i’s Silversword
Lava Life
Rare Delights of Hawaii

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery

More Nuts

chestnut
Castanea sativa

The Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa) relative of the chinquapin is the source of the chestnuts that we roast over an open fire during the holidays. If you have the space, nut trees are really fun to grow and each can produce dozens (even hundreds!) of pounds of delicious and nutritious nuts each year.

Besides the Spanish chestnut, also consider: Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima )
hickory (Carya ovata)
pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
walnut (Juglans nigra)

pignut hickory
Carya glabra

The pignut hickory and its kin, the shellbark hickory (C. laciniosa), are large forest trees that produce edible nuts that are also valuable sources of food for wildlife.

Harry Lauder's walking stick tree
Corylus avellana

The European filbert or hazel nut (Corylus avellana) and its hybrids are the source of the delicious nuts that are used to make Nutella® spread. Gardeners may be more familiar with the variety 'contorta' that has corkscrew stems and is often planted as an ornamental specimen.


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.

 

Sunflowers

'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower
An 'Autumn Beauty' Sunflower

The 'Autumn Beauty' sunflower (Helianthus annuus) mix contains a number of smaller size cultivars whose flower heads range from about 3 to 6 inches in diameter. Color varies from yellow to orange to mahogany - some are two-tone and all are beautiful. Click to download a large version of this image.


sunflower Another 'Autumn Beauty'
I planted 'Autumn Beauty' mix sunflowers in the yard behind the condo. They like the location and have grown as high as the second floor balcony and beyond! All of the 'Autumn Beauty' sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are perfectly sized for bouquets and arrangements. Click here to download a large version or visit the Sunflower Wallpaper Gallery for more images. .

oxeye sunflower Oxeye Sunflower
The oxeye sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides ) is a North American wildflower from which several garden varieties have been developed. The oxeye sunflower blooms in late summer and early fall. Click here to download a large version (800x600).

Exotic Fruits & Nuts

water chestnut
Pachira aquatica

Floridata features Plant Profiles many tropical and sub-tropical plants like the water chestnut which produces those crunchy white disks found in certain Chinese dishes. Even if you can't grow these where you garden you might enjoy reading about these familiar fruits and foods. Some like water chestnut can even be grown indoors - young water chestnut plants are sold as "lucky money trees".

Read more about these exotic fruits and nuts:
banana (Musa x paradisiaca)
chayote (Sechium edule)
kaki persimmon (Diospyros kaki)
Meyer Lemon (Citrus meyeri)
Natal plum (Carissa macrocarpa)
papaya (Carica papaya)
pineapple (Ananas comosus )
pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
pomegranate (Punica granatum)
roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
tamarand (Tamarindus indica)

coconut palm
Cocos nucifera

avocado
Avocado

(Persea americana)

olive
Olive

Olea europaea)

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daffodils
Daffodils

Spring flowering bulbs like tulips and hyacinths are planted in the fall. Those living in the Deep South and similar warm climates have best success with the daffodils (aka jonquils, narcissus, etc.). Read the article and then check out Floridata's Narcissus spp. Profile.



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