Monthly Archives: February 2015

Rudbeckia hirta (BLACKEYED SUSAN)

susanspittleMay2012Want Pollinators? How about songbirds? BLACKEYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta) will entice them. Masses of bright yellow flowers are cheery greetings for pollinators in the garden. Let the spent heads stay on the plant and you’ll be rewarded when small songbirds arrive to eat the seeds.

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rudbeckia-spp

Self seeds.

Rusty Staggerbush (Lyonia fruticosa)

Blue Dasher Dragonfly rests on coastalplain staggerbush

Blue Dasher Dragonfly rests on coastalplain staggerbush

Want Dragonflies? Pollinators? Along with a water source, Lyonia (Lyonia spp.) shrubs provide perfect habitat as landing areas and nectar source.  Good cover for mammals.  A slow growing small tree or shrub. Bell shaped flowers with evergreen leaves that have a dusting of a rust coloring providing interesting foliage.

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lyonia-fruticosa

dahoon holly (Ilex cassine)

Robins in dahoon holly tree, a Florida Native Plant

Robins in dahoon holly tree, a Florida Native Plant

Want Robins? How about other songbirds? DAHOON HOLLY (Ilex cassine) tree will entice them. Good cover for mammals and birds will nest, including mockingbirds, grackles, cardinals and others.

Berries feed songbirds and other wildlife

Berries feed songbirds and other wildlife

Flowers popular with pollinators. dioecious; make sure you have at least one male plant in the vicinity to produce berries on the females

dahoon holly, a Florida native plant provides excellent coverage for nesting birds, such as this mockingbird

dahoon holly, a Florida native plant provides excellent coverage for nesting birds, such as this mockingbird

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ilex-cassine

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

hummingbird032611Want Hummingbirds? How about butterflies? A CORAL HONEYSUCKLE; TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens) will entice them. Good cover for mammals and birds will build nests within.

Bright red showy flowers on this hearty vine. Evergreen except in colder northern areas of Florida. Train on an arbor, fence or other support or let it grow as a ground cover.

Larval Host for butterfly: Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) (in its range); moth: Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) and Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia).

Learn planting conditions: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/lonicera-sempervirens

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Laurel Oak (Quercus laurifolia)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Want Tufted Titmice? How about butterflies? A LAUREL OAK (Quercus laurifolia) tree will entice them. The birds love the acorns.

Larval host: Horaces Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) and White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) butterflies.

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/quercus-laurifolia

Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

butterbuttHeadlessWaxMyrtleberriesFeb2015Want warblers? butterflies? A wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) shrub will entice them. Great cover and female plants get waxy berries the birds love.

Larval host: banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) and red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) butterflies.

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/myrica-cerifera