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Last week's daily storms have left the dirt in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood saturated but the weekend weather was so gorgeous I could resist digging in the mud. I transplanted several clumps of pure white-flowered bearded iris, 'Autumn Joy' sedum and 'Zagreb' coreopsis. I've been busy de-bugging our new Mobile Floridata Plant Encyclopedia. If you are using a tablet or smartphone to visit our site, it is faster and easier use so please give it a try! Thanks for visiting and for Please "liking " us on Facebook. Share Floridata with a friend and be good and grow! ~ Jack   April 12, 2015

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Dutchman's breeches
I've been friends with this pretty little woodland wildflower since I was a kid. Tramping through the woods at this time of year you might see large drifts of Dutchman's breeches  (Dicentra cucullaria) spreading across the forest floor. Read more about this eastern North American native wildflower that grows in USDA Zones3-8.

Picture Gallery

Forsythia spp.

Here in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood, this is what the forsythia looks like at this time of year (assuming it's not snowing or anything...). Click to download a large version of this flowering forsythia hedge.

Fringetree Flowers

The fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) are in bloom down South and we'll see these delicate, fragrant flowers her up North in another couple of weeks or so. . This beauty is an American native and a great choice for woodland and wildlife plantings. Click here to download a large version (800x600) for your computer desktop.

pygmy fringetree
Pygmy Fringetree

The pygmy fringetree (Chionanthus pygmaeus) is a smaller version of the American fringtree (Chionanthus virginicus). The pygmy fringtree is on the Federal and State Endangered Species lists due to its localized and declining distribution in Ancient Scrub on Florida's Lake Wales Ridge. This one in Steve's yard has responded to a severe pruning two years ago. The pruning eliminated most above ground parts of the shrub, simulating a fire, which is a natural occurrence in the Florida scrub. The pygmy fringetree is just one of several species of scrub plants that are adapted to periodic fires. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this beautiful American native.


I love blue flowers and plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) has some of the bluest. Look for selections with flower color ranging from light baby blue to dark violet-blue. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this sky blue plumbago picture.

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.

Spring Wildflowers

Viola sororia

The lovely little violet is beloved as a garden plant by some and reviled as an invasive pest by others. The tasty little violet is also consumed in salads and sugared into flowery confections. Click here for more on this pretty little perennial that grows across a wide range of USDA Zones 3-9.

More spring wildflowers:
blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
eastern North American pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.)
Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)
lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
purple toadshade (Trillium underwoodii)
round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

zypher lily
Zephyranthes atamasca

(Zephyranthes atamasca).

wild columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

(Aquilegia canadensis)

Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

trout lily
Erythronium spp.

(Erythronium spp.)

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.


Attract Hummingbirds

cross vine
Bignonia capreolata

Back home in North Florida, the hummingbirds are returning to my neighborhood where they would find the crossvine in bloom down by The Catfish Pond. I miss Florida and I miss watching the hummers fight furious battles over ownership of the cross vine's nectar rich flowers.

More spring flowering species that will attract hummingbirds to your yard:
chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
firebush (Hamelia patens)
lemon bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
red buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
weigela (Weigela florida)

shrimp plant
Justicia brandegeana

Coral bean
Coral Bean
Erythrina herbacea

cardinal flower
Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis

Click for more Hummingbird Plants.

Onions and Friends

Allium fistulosum

Scallions or green onions are easy to grow and I think they look pretty enough to earn a spot in the flower garden!

More delicious alliums for you to grow and eat:
chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)
garlic (Allium sativum)
onion (Allium cepa Cepa Group)
leeks and elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum)

Allium giganteum

This onion has big beautiful blossoms so it's grown more for looking than for eating.

Grow Greens lettuce Lactuca sativa

Grow and eat leafy greens like the lettuces and friends:
arugula (Eruca sativa)
chicory (Cichorum intybus)
corn salad (Valerianella locusta)
endive (Cichorium endivia)
orach (Atriplex hortensis)
salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
spinach (Spinacea oleracea)

red amaranth
Amaranthus tricolor

From the red amaranth, also know as Chinese spinach, profile: "...use young Chinese spinach leaves in fresh garden salads. They have a nice distinctive, earthy taste and certainly add color. Elsewhere, millions of people eat the leaves like spinach: steamed or lightly stir fried. They are often added to soups. "

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