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Adam’s Needles and Spanish Bayonet

Adam's needle is a kind of yucca plant

Native yuccas, like this Adam’s needles, are low-maintenance and easy-to-grow in the home landscape.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Those who have never visited Florida tend to imagine the entire state encompassed by sprawling, white sand beaches and palm trees. Though our state is famous for its coast, inland Florida has something entirely different to offer.

Long-leaf pine and saw palmetto are plants that any local can identify, but our area is also inhabited by a less-familiar species of plant. Yucca often goes unnoticed, until the beautiful blooms appear like an apparition in the woods, or an unfortunate collision makes one painfully aware of its existence. Read the full article here!

What’s in Season Now?

Guava fruit

Guava is a good source of several vitamins and fiber.

Shelley Swenson is your local Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent III, UF/IFAS Wakulla County.

Summer is the perfect time for tropical fruit! Luckily, there are several varieties available fresh from Florida–one of them is guava! Some may be unfamiliar with this tasty fruit, but it is an excellent choice for fruit salad, pastries, or just eating it whole!

To see what other fruits and vegetables are in season, get your Fresh From Florida June shopping list now!

Spittlebugs

Spittlebugs make a frothy house on a leaf

Spittlebug nymphs quickly hide themselves in a cloak of foam and begin eating.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Insects are capable of creating many fascinating structures to ensure their survival. Tent caterpillars are known for making a protective barrier out of web. Gall wasps use the tree itself to harbor their young.

Thankfully, honey bees make their hives out of honey, but some insects have less than pleasant means of constructing their abode.

Your imagination may serve you well when wondering what a spittlebug uses to build its house.. Read the full article here!

Invasive Plant Workshop

We are excited to offer a two-hour workshop on invasive plants in Wakulla County. This event will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. View the slide show featuring some of the plants to be discussed here.

We will discuss the many invasive plants which currently affect the area, and those which have the potential to become a destructive problem. Participants will be provided information and environmentally responsible tactics to counter these invaders. There is a $5.00 charge at the door to cover handout materials and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

The workshop will take place at the Wakulla Extension Office (84 Cedar Ave. Crawfordville, FL). For more information, call us at (850) 926-3931.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

poison ivy plant

Poison ivy often grows along with Virginia Creeper, which disguises it, but not the irritation problems it causes.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Despite the heat and bugs, nothing beats spending time outside with family. Make sure children understand the plants to stay away from when they are out picking the abundant wildflowers in bloom this time of year.

The familiar rhymes, “leaflets three, let it be” and, “berries white, run in fright” are good lessons for kids. “Hairy vine, no friend of mine” is another reminder of the physical characteristics of poison ivy and poison oak. Stay safe this summer by knowing how to identify these poisonous plants! Read the full article here!

Tent Caterpillars

tent caterpillars eating leaves in their web house

Newly hatched caterpillars quickly construct a dense “tent” made of web.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Summer is a popular time of year for camping. As school ends, parents are busy signing their kids up for day and overnight camps. Tent moths have a similar plan in mind for their young.

Though their parents are long gone by the time they hatch, tent caterpillars are born to camp. Once they have set up in your yard, you may have a hard time getting them to leave. Read the full article here!

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