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Jelena hybrid witch hazel
Hybrid Witch Hazel
These are a large group of named hybrids obtained by crossing two Asian species. The hybrid witch hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia) are valued for their colorful fall foliage and (mostly) fragrant flowers that appear very early in the season (like in mid-winter for some!). Most of these hybrids are large shrubs and vary in size, form and flowering time. Read more about this deciduous shrub for USDA Zones 5 - 9 that is beautiful, useful and "the best thing to happen in your landscape in the winter".

Picture Gallery

rosemary flowers
Rosemary Flowers
There's an old rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) bush in my yard down in North Florida. It doesn't seem bothered by frequent hard freezes and produces its largest flushes of flowers at this time of year. Click to download a large version (800x600) because rosemary looks as good on your desktop as it does in the garden.

winter honeysuckle
Winter Honeysuckle

Unlike many of its relative species, Japanese (Lonicera japonica) and Chinese (Lonicera maackii) honeysuckles, the winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima ) is not an aggressive grower. This shrubby species is well-behaved, non-invasive, fragrant and is blooming now in Steve's North Florida garden. There are hedges of it in my condo complex up in Northern Kentucky but it's not likely to bloom here until around early March. Until then, download a large version (800x600) to enjoy on your desktop.

winter aconite
Winter Aconite

These pretty little yellow flowers are the earliest flowering garden plants around here in Northern Kentucky. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) will be appearing soon, beating to bloom that other early-flowering species, the common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). Download a large version of the winter aconite for a closer look at these little lovelies.

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

Field Trip to Africa - Desert Life
Travels in Africa

Bruce Bohm did a series of articles for us on the incredible plants that he and his wife Lesley, a botanical illustrator, encountered on a trip to South Africa. Click here for Desert Life to see some of the amazing plants of the Namib Desert. Click here for a menu of his other Africa articles and click here for the menu of his Hawaii articles.

Make Your Own Sauerkraut
Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Cabbage is one of the easiest vegetables to grow - and one of the healthiest to eat. Sauerkraut is just naturally fermented cabbage and is a "living food" (contains live microbiological cultures like yogurt). It is also very easy to make at home so read this article and eat healthy in 2015!

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.

Easy Annuals

Portulaca oleracea

Garden selections of this common "weed" are easy to grow from seed. Plant purslane in containers, borders and rock gardens where it will quickly form low growing mats of brilliantly colored blossoms while thriving under hot, sunny, dry conditions. Growing annuals from seed is an enjoyable and inexpensive way to fill your yard with color. The following are a few of my favorites:.

Big fat seeds, fast growth rate and lots of colorful flowers are a few reasons why the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of the best starter plants for budding young gardeners. As a bonus both the flowers and foliage are edible!

butter daisy (Melampodium divaricatum)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
cockscomb/feathered amaranth (Celosia spicata)
impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
marigold (Tagetes spp)
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundiflora)
Mexican zinnia (Zinnia haageana)
moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Cosmos bipinnatus

Fine feathery foliage, fabulous flowers all season long, fast growth rate, drought tolerance and adaptability to poor soils are just a few reasons to grow cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus). And the butterflies like them too!

The common zinnia (Zinnia elegans) comes in scores of sizes, flower styles and colors. They're all fast-growing, produce flowers throughout the season and drought resistant.

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.


Unusual Edibles

Sechium edule

This is one of the many unusual vegetables that Steve grows in his North Florida garden. Other interesting food plants he's growing (or has grown) include:

adzuki bean (Vigna angularis)
angelica (Angelica archangelica)
chicory (Cichorum intybus )
gumi (Elaeagnus multiflora)
Florida cranberry (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
jelly palm (Butia capitata)
Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
red amaranth/tampala (Amaranthus tricolor)
salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)
sweetleaf (Stevia rebaudiana)
winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)
yacón (Polymnia sonchifolia)

Manihot esculenta

The roots of this huge semi-woody perennial provide sustenance, ground into cassava flour, to millions of people living in the tropical parts of the world. Fried slices of the processed root are called 'yuca' and many of us have childhood memories of eating a pudding-like substance called tapioca also prepared from the manihot root. Whatever happened to that stuff? I kind of liked it...

corn salad
Valerianella locusta

Also known as fetticus, maché, lamb's lettuce and feldsalat, Steve writes "Corn salad has a delicate, sweet, nutlike flavor and a juicy texture that seems to melt in the mouth." which is why it's always a part of his winter vegetable garden (read about it here).

Tropical Trees

Pink Trumpet Tree

Some of the most beautiful tropical and semi-tropical trees bloom in winter and early spring like this pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia heterophylla).

Many of these warm climate beauties also bloom around this time of year too:
allspice (Pimenta dioica)
African tuliptree (Spathodea campanulata)
bird-of-paradise tree (Strelitzia nicolai)
golden trumpet tree (Tabebuia chrysantha)
jacaranda (Jacaranda acutifolia)
kapok (Chorisia speciosa)
lemon bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
lignum-vitae (Guajacum sanctum)
mahogany (Swietenia mahogani)
weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)
orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata)
red cassia (Cassia roxburghii)
royal poinciana ( Delonix regia)
silk floss tree(Chorisia speciosa)
water chestnut (Pachira aquatica)

The common name lignum-vitae for (Guajacum sanctum means tree-of-life in Latin. It has the hardest of all commercially available wood and is so dense that it doesn't float in water. Lignum-vitae wood is used to fashion hinges, propeller shafts and machine parts because of its hardness and self-lubricating properties (due to a very high resin content).

coral tree
Coral tree (Erythrina variegata) is a large flowering tree from tropical Asia. It is frequently used in landscapes in frostfree climates around the world including South Florida.

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