Plants

Weekly What Is It: Native Azaleas

While most of the azaleas in my neighborhood have had an early first bloom, if you visit a forested wetland in our area right now you might be treated with the delicate blossoms of one of our native azaleas.  On a recent Panhandle Outdoors LIVE trip to the swamp boardwalk at Weeks Bay National Estuarine …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Spiderworts

This week’s feature is a pretty little plant (considered a weed by most) that most people have encountered in their yards or on roadsides.  The native spiderwort (genus Tradescantia)  is a perennial flower that grows in clusters, often in moist soils.  The plant can be identified quickly by its triad of  violet petals and bright green, straplike leaves.  …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Leaf galls

As an ecologist and often the token “outdoorsy” person in any given crowd, people often point to a plant or animal or describe something they’ve seen and ask me, “What is it?”  I relish these small opportunities to teach my family and friends about the fascinating things they can find in nature.  To that end, …

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