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Tropical Milkweed and OE

Tia SilvasyJune 1st, 2024Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is commonly found in garden centers and is easy to grow. However, recent research has suggested that gardeners should avoid tropical milkweed and plant native species instead. Unlike native milkweeds that do dormant in the fall, tropical milkweed grows year-round in most parts of Florida. This encourages the monarch to stay […]

Master Gardener Plant Sale rescheduled to May 25

llw5479May 14th, 2024Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale has been rescheduled from Saturday, May 18 to now take place from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Join us for this once-a-year opportunity at the temporary UF/IFAS Extension Annex located at the Okaloosa Technical College (OTC) in Fort Walton […]

Secrets of the Saw Palmetto: Florida’s Understory Icon

Lara MilliganMay 13th, 2024Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an iconic plant of Florida, often dominating the understory of pine flatwoods habitats. Not only is saw palmetto endemic to Florida and the southeastern U.S., but it has also been referred to as a keystone species! A plant as a keystone species? YES! Keystone Species – a species on which […]

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