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We're having more typical hot humid weather here and more than an inch of rain fell in my parched Northern Kentucky neighborhood. The nasturtiums, dahlias, calendula, and obedient plant responded by exploding into bloom and my garden looks better than it has all season! Thanks for visiting Floridata! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   August 24, 2014

New Profile!

anise hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a North American native wildflower from which several garden varieties have been developed. Read about anise hyssop, a drought tolerant and easy-to-grow perennial for USDA Zones 6 - 10 that will attract clouds of butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden..

Picture Gallery


Last week the ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) began blooming in my Northern Kentucky neighborhood. This is a male flower cluster and the source of the pollen that produces such massive measures of misery and mucus for allergy sufferers. Click to download a large version (800x600) and visit the Ragweed Wallpaper Gallery for more images.

dusty miller flowers
Dusty Miller Flowers

Although we mostly grow dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) for its unusual white(ish) foliage I noticed that the bright yellow flower clusters were pretty too! Click to download a large version (800x600) of this image .

Mexican sunflower
Mexican Sunflower

The Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundiflora) loves the heat and reaches it flowery peak at this time of year. Click to download a large version (800x600) this brilliantly blazing blossom.

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

black-eyed Susan
Wild American Beauty: The Black-Eyed Susan

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

Weird, Unusual & Unloved

staghorn fern
Platycerium spp.

The super-exotic staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.) is surprisingly easy to grow indoors and even easier outdoors in frostfree climates. Some plants are more popular than others and the staghorn fern profile is one of those on Floridata that is viewed much less often than the more popular plants (plumbago has remained the most viewed Profile for more than a year).

Here is a list of other less visited but nevertheless interesting Plant Profiles:
ball moss (Tillandsia recurvata)
carrion flower (Stapelia spp.)
dodder (Cuscuta spp)
giant bulrush (Schoenoplectus californicus)
golden club (Orontium aquaticum)
horsetail (Equisetum hyemale)
jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias)
myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)
resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides)
Russian arborvitae (Microbiota decussata)
scouring rush ( Juncus effusus)
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
wax plant (Hoya carnosa)

chameleon plant
Houttuynia cordata

I found a bed of chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata) growing in my neighborhood. It's a low growing perennial plant, often planted as a large scale ground cover, with colorful leaves and small white flowers. The leaves smell like fish but are said to have medicinal properties used to treat allergies and asthma.

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.


The Salvias

Forsythia Sage
Forsythia Sage

Forsythia sage (Salvia madrensis) is huge plant with foot-long flower bright yellow flower clusters that appear in late summer and early fall.

More sages (a common name for species in the genus Salvia) that might interest you:
autumn sage (Salvia greggii)
blue anise sage (Salvia guaranitica)
common (culinary) sage (Salvia officinalis)
lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata)
mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea)
Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)
pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)
scarlet sage (Salvia splendens)
Texas scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea)

autumn sage
Autumn Sage

Autumn sage (Salvia greggii) is a desert species that prefers warmer climates (USDA Zone 7-9). This large perennial blooms in late summer and fall with red, pink and white flowering varieties available.

Mexican bush sage
Mexican Bush Sage

The Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) is another fall bloomer that is commonly grown in Zone 8-10 gardens.

Fall Flowers

Conoclinium coelestinum

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is an American native wildflower that blooms in autumn. It grows in wet meadows, ditches and stream margins across most of the eastern half of the United States. Selected varieties are available for your garden and look great planted against a background of common goldenrod as show in the above photo.

Favorite fall flowers:
autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Bolivian sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia)
comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
common goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Florida mountainmint (Pycnanthemum floridanum)
Frikart's aster (Aster x frikartii)
mountain marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)
narrow-leaved sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
popcorn senna (Senna alata)
Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus)
woody goldenrod (Chrysoma pauciflosculosa)

New England aster
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

aromatic aster
(Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

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A brazen bandit busted in the act of defeating the varmint guard on Steve's bird feeder.

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