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We've had about 2 weeks of record cold weather and copious unattractive snowfall here in Northern Kentucky. We may thawing out this week and perhaps we'll start seeing a few stray signs of spring. I'm ready! . Stay warm, tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   March 1, 2015

New Profile!

Magnolia acuminata

The cucumber magnolia tree (Magnolia acuminata) is a large forest tree that is, native to eastern North American. A smaller variety subcordata, know as the yellow cucumber tree is available as a number of cultivars suitable for home landscapes. Read more about this handsome tree that is hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 8.

Picture Gallery

Armand's clematis
Armand's Clematis

The Armand's clematis (Clematis armandii) is a handsome evergreen vine that blooms in late winter or early spring in my Zone 8 garden. It's an old vine with most of the flowers out of sight atop the dogwood tree that serves as its support - but it's still easy to enjoy their sweet fragrance. Click here to download a large version.

Betula papyrifera
Betula papyrifera

This is a male catkin of the paper birch tree. It supports scores of tiny pollen-producing male flowers. Click here to download a large version.

red maple samaras
Red Maple Samaras

The swamp maple or red maple (Acer rubrum) blooms in January down where Steve lives in Zone 8 North Florida. By March the brilliant red samaras (helicoptering seeds!) are fully formed and within a few weeks of ripening and spinning down from the trees. Click to download a large version.

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

Woodland Wildflower Gardening
Woodland Wildflower Gardening

Grow Your own mushrooms!
Grow Shiitakes!

Flowering Plants of Hawaii

The Flowering Plants of Hawaii series, by botanist Bruce Bohm is a comprehensive survey of flowering plant species found in the Hawaiian Islands. Click here for the menu and series introduction.

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.

More Magnolias

Susan magnolia
'Susan' Magnolia

The 'Susan' magnolia in my yard began blooming this week. It is too photogenic for me not to take yet another picture. 'Susan' is is hybrid cross between Magnolia stellata rosea and Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'.  Click here to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.

Ashe magnolia
Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei

The big Ashe magnolia tree is small in stature but boasts huge fragrant flowers and monster leaves that are up to 24 inches long! Click here for more on this spectacular small tree (or large shrub) for your Zone 6-9 garden.

More cool weather lovers to read about:
lily magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora)
star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala)
Yulan magnolia (Magnolia heptapeta)

sweetbay magnolia
Magnolia virginiana

southern magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora

Japanese magnolia
Magnolia x soulangeana

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.

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One or more "tags", represented as icons, are are assigned to a species to indicate plant form form and type.
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These tags are assigned to a species to summarize characteristics and uses.



Petroselinum crispum

Herbs are fun and easy to grow and many do well in pots - indoors and out. Here are a few favorites to try:
angelica (Angelica archangelica)
anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
dill (Anethum graveolens)
Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
gotu-kola (Centella asiatica)
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
oregano (Origanum vulgare)
lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
sage (Salvia officinalis)
stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)
sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana)

common lavender
Lavandula angustifolia

Anethum graveolens

Attract Hummingbirds!

red buckeye
Aesculus pavia

The showy red buckeye flowers attract hordes of hungry hummingbirds every spring. Click here for more on this deciduous shrub (or small tree) that grows in Zones 5-9.

Here are a just a few species in our list of plants that Attract Hummingbirds:

beebalm (Monarda didyma)
bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Carolina silverbells (Halesia spp.)
coralbells (Heuchera sanguinea)
giant cigar plant (Cuphea micropetala)
larkspur (Consolida ajacis )
pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
seashore petunia (Calibrachoa X hybrida)
trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
yellow elder (Tecoma stans)

Texas scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis

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