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Welcome to Floridata!

The weather is beautiful and the leaves are just beginning to change into their fall colors and my peppers and tomato plants are producing more than they have all season. I'm busy cleaning up the flower beds in preparation for planting some tulip bulbs - I hope you're having fun too! Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   Sept 21, 2014

New Profile!

anise hyssop
Vigna angularis

Adzuki bean, also known as red bean, (Vigna angularis) is grown extensively in Asia for human consumption. The beans are used in both savory and sweet dishes as the have a nutty flavor and a natural sweetness. Read about the adzuki bean, a tender warm season annual to grow in USDA Zones 8 - 10.

Picture Gallery

a bee
Ohio Soy Bean Field

Drive through cental Ohio at this time of year and you will see some of the most beautiful and productive soybean (Glycine max) fields in the world! The foliage is beginning to yellow and the fat bean pods are about ready for harvesting. Click to download a large version (800x600) to wallpaper your computer desktop.

Dahoon Holly Berries
Pumpkin Patch
I grew my first pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) vine this year in my brother's garden. It grew about 25 ft and made 1 large pumpkin! In the photo is a more productive pumpkin patch in Kentucky. Click to download a large version (800x600) of these beautiful berries for your desktop.

locust grove
Locust Grove

I came across this lovely locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) grove the other evening. Framed by blue sky and goldenrods (Solidago odora) it made quite a sight! Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image to display on 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

Wildflower Meadows
Create a Wildflower Garden

Fall is the best time of year to plant wildflower seed and you can read all about here.

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

Beautiful Beans

Green Bean

Our newest Plant Profile is of the adzuki bean, a staple in Asian cooking. More familiar to most of us is the green/string bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) but there are many other edible bean species in Floridata's Plant Encyclopedia (see below!) Steve is growing and writing about several more that we will post in the coming months.

More beans to grow and eat:
lablab bean (Dolichos lablab)
lima or butter bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
soybean (Glycine max)
tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius)
winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)

broad bean
Broad Bean

Steve describes the broad or fava bean (Vicia faba) as one of nature's most tasty vegetables so don't be turned off by references to them in the movie Silence of the Lambs!

beach bean
Canavalia rosea

Beach bean scrambles over tropical beaches and dunes throughout the world. The beans of this species are toxic when raw. Along the northern coast of Australia people safely consume beach beans by roasting or boiling them.

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.


Cool Weather Flowers


In the Deep South and similar warm climates, gardeners can grow many beautiful cold resistant flowering plants like the nasturtium. (Tropaeolum majus) throughout the winter. Plant them in fall and they will bloom in winter - unless it gets really cold and then they don't. But they probably will...

These are a few favorites for warm climate winter garden:
common primrose (Primula vulgaris)
English marigold (Calendula officinalis)
nemesia (Nemesia strumosa)
pansy (Viola x Wittrockiana)
petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
stock (Matthiola incana)

Iceland poppy
Iceland Poppy
Papaver nudicaule

sweet alyssum
Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima

The Oaks

sawtooth oak
Sawtooth Oak

The sawtooth oak (Quercus acutissima ) is one of five new profiles of oak species that we have added to the Floridata Plant Encyclopedia in the past year. There are now 22 Oak (Quercus) Profiles on our site with more on the way in the coming year.

Floridata's oak profiles:
black oak (Quercus velutina)
bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
English oak (Quercus robur)
laurel oak (Quercus hemisphaerica)
live oak (Quercus virginiana)
northern red oak (Quercus rubra)
nutall oak (Quercus nuttallii)
pin oak (Quercus palustris)
sand live oak (Quercus geminata)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
Shumard red oak (Quercus shumardii)
southern red oak (Quercus falcata)
swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii)
swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
turkey oak (Quercus laevis)
Turkish oak (Quercus cerris)
white oak (Quercus alba)
willow oak (Quercus phellos)

shingle oak
Shingle Oak

(Quercus imbricaria)

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(Plant bulbs now for Spring blooms!)

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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