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The season's first freeze is on the way for us in the Cincinnati area so that's a bummer but the sooner we get winter out the way the sooner spring will be here! Have a safe, sweet and scary Halloween and be good and grow! ~ Jack   October 31, 2014

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bitter orange
Poncirus trifoliata

The trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata) is the only deciduous citrus species and known for its ability to withstand freezing temperatures. Also called bitter orange the fruits are small and seedy but the juice is used as flavoring, marmalade is made from the pup and the peel candied. Read about trifoliate orange, a hardy citrus for colder climates that grows in USDA Zones 5 - 8.

Picture Gallery

Allegheny spurge
Pachysandra procumbens

Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) is a low-growing subshrub native of the eastern United States. This handsome species is rare in its native range but is now much appreciated and planted by gardeners in USDA Zones 4 - 10. Click to download a large version of this image.

pumpkin wagon
The Pumpkin Wagon

Here's a nice Halloweenish picture of a load of Kentucky pumpkins (Cucurbita spp. ) posed in front of a sugar maple (Acer saccharum) ablaze in fall color. Click to download large format version (800x600px) of this images.

Boston Ivy on MainStrasse Tower

The MainStrasse Clock Tower is located in Covington, Kentucky where at this time of year it is attractively draped in Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) that is in the process of assuming its brilliant autumn color. Click to download large format version (800x600px)

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

Perennials for the meadow

Animals of the Florida Scrub
blue-tailed mole skink
Blue-tailed Mole Skink
This is one of the creature and plants that Steve will introduce you to on his Tour of the Florida Scrub - a unique plant community that he has studied for many years. Even if you're not from Florida you'll still enjoy meeting the plants and animals of this unique ecosystem that can be seen just an hour's drive from DisneyWorld and other Central Florida attractions.

The Flowering Plants of Hawaii
The Flowering Plants of Hawaii

This comprehensive series of 65 articles surveys the Flowering Plants of Hawaii. Each previews one or more botanical families representing those species found in the Aloha state. Click here for the Intro page and menu.

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery

Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

Citrus Sampler

Meyer lemon
Meyers Lemon

Tart, sweet and incredibly flavorful, the Meyers lemon (Citrus meyeri) is my favorite citrus and makes the best lemonade! (and pies!)

Other citrus species:
grapefruit (Citrus X paradisi)
orange (Citrus sinensis)

These citrus species tolerate colder temperatures and are more likely to succeed in USDA Zone 8 than the above:
kumquat (Fortunella spp)
satsuma (Citrus reticulata)
mandarin lime (Citrus x limonia)

Those in really cold climates can grow these citrus species indoors and enjoy colorful fruits and fragrant flowers:
calamondin(Citrofortunella microcarpa)
Meyers Lemon (Citrus meyeri)

Citrus maxima

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.


Strange Fruits

Adansonia digitata

Most of the plants that we profile are fairly familiar but there are many unusual species in Floridata as well that you might not ever grow but are fun to read about. In this section are links to some interesting tropical species like the famous baobab tree of Africa (I photographed it at Miami's Fairchild Tropical Garden).

traveler's palm
Traveler's Tree

One of the tropic's showiest species, the traveler's tree (Ravenala madagascariensis) is closely related to the bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) plan and is also known as the giant bird-of-paradise.

Here are a few other weird, unusual or otherwise incredible and interesting Tree Profiles:
Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum)
African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)
bottle palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis)
coral tree (Erythrina variegata)
dragon tree (Dracaena draco)
Florida yew (Taxus floridana)
gumbo-limbo (Bursera simaruba)
lignum-vitae tree (Guajacum sanctum)
Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii)
monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana)
mahogany (Swietenia mahogani)
silver dollar tree (Eucalyptus cinerea)

 gru-gru palm
Acrocomia aculeata

water chestnut
Pachira aquatica

Autumn Leaves

pignut hickory
Carya glabra

The pignut hickory and its kin, shagbark hickory (C. ovata) and shellbark hickory (C. laciniosa), are large forest trees that produce edible nuts and brilliant yellow, gold and russet foliage at this time of year.

More trees with colorful autumn leaves:
paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus)
dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)
flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
leatherwood (Dirca palustris)
rusty black-haw (Viburnum rufidulum)
sugarberry (Celtis laevigata)
swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii)
tamarack (Larix laricina)
woodbine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

burning bush
Burning Bush

The burning bushes (Euonymus alatus) blaze at this time of year.

Shumard oak
Quercus shumardii
Shumard red oak (Quercus shumardii) is popular landscape tree with attractive autumn color that is planted across a wide range from Zone 5 to 10.

Fall Foliage Plant List icon  Fall Foliage Plants
Browse Floridata's Fall Foliage Plant List for more species whose leaves turn in autumn.

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Cheerfulness daffodil
'Cheerfulness' Daffodil

Mount Hood daffodil
'Mount Hood' Daffodil

Daffodils ( Narcissus spp.) are easy to grow and return year after year to brighten spring gardens. These are two f my favorite varieties that are easy to find online as well as at the big garden center stores - and the time to plant them is now!

More spring-flowering bulbs that are planted in autumn (now!):
crocus (Crocus spp.)
daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.)
hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)
snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
tulip (Tulipa spp.)
winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

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