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Welcome to Floridata!

Our new Floridata web site is growing nicely. The Plant Encyclopedia. is now available in its entirety in a new format optimized for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. I'm transferring the remaining content pages now (check out the Butterfly Gallery!) and hope to have the process completed by July 4, our 20th anniversary. Follow me on my new Twitter account, @JackAtFloridata, to follow our progress. Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about Floridata (especially the new site) and be good and grow! ~ Jack   April 27, 2015

New Profile!

Chinese redbud
The Chinese redbud (Cercis chinensis) is a small ornamental tree, or large shrub, that blooms at this time of year. It is very similar in appearance to the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) and like its an American relative, is also often used in home landscapes. Read more about this in USDA Zones3-8. The Chinese redbud Plant Profile is the first to posted exclusively on our new (mobile optimized) site as we finish up the migration of the entire Plant Encyclopedia into its new format and location.

Picture 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).

garden lily
'Sorbonne' Lily

I moved most of my lilies (Lilium hybrids) , including the 'Sorbonne' oriental lilies in this picture, to a bed closer to the house where I can better protect them from the stupid, despicable deer. Unless they were traumatized when I transplanted them, most should bloom in about a month. Click to download a large version (800x600).

Ripening Gumi Fruit

The gumi (Elaeagnus multiflora) fruits begin ripening at this time of year at my place down on the Gulf Coast. The local birds are happy they don't have to compete with me for these juicy fruits. Click to download a large of version (800x600) of the gumies.

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

Daffodils Mean Spring Is Here!.

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.

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.

Flowering Cherry Trees

Yoshino cherry
Yoshino Cherry

Prunus x yedoensis

Japanese flowering cherry
Japanese Flowering Cherry

(Prunus serrulata).

paperbark cherry
Paperbark Cherry

(Prunus serrula)

Higan cherry
Weeping Higan cherry

(Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula')

Higan cherry
Rosebud Cherry

(Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis')

choke cherry
Chokecherry Blossoms

(Prunus virginiana 'Shubert' )

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.


Container Woodies

dwarf Alberta spruce
Picea glauca var. albertiana

Often sold as tiny living Christmas trees during the holidays the dwarf Alberta spruce makes a very nice container plant at any time of the year. Read more about this cute little conifer in its newly updated Profile.

Here are a few more woody shrubs that grow well in pots and other containers:
boxwood, common (Buxus sempervirens)
copperleaf (Acalypha wilkesiana)
croton (Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum)
dragon tree (Dracaena draco)
'Knockout' rose (Rosa Radrazz)
Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica)
Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica)
lantana (Lantana camara)
Oregon grape (Mahonia bealei)
pencil tree (Euphorbia tirucalli)
Sawara false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)
serissa (Serissa foetida)
'Sky Pencil' holly (Ilex crenata)
tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

'Bengal Orange' Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea spp

gardenia flower
Gardenia augusta

Made for Shade

Indian pink
Indian Pink

Steve grows this beautiful native America perennial called Indian pink or woodland pinkroot (Spigelia marilandica). Indian pink is easy to grow, thrives in part shade.

More colorful shade-loving beauties:
ajuga (Ajuga reptans)
Armand's clematis (Clematis armandii)
coleus (Coleus x hybridus)
common periwinkle(Vinca minor)
impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum)
nun orchid (Phaius tankervilliae)
surprise lily (Lycoris squamigera)

Persian sheild
Strobilanthes dyerianus

Digitalis purpurea

For more, visit Floridata's List of Shade Plants - tablet and smartphone users might prefer our new mobile version of the Shade Plants List!

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