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What's Coming Up in WMNF's Garden

cowley about 8 months ago

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Our thanks to volunteer Jessica Greene, who spotted these Gulf Frittilaries on one of the native Coontie plants outside the station, when our native plant expert Gail Carroll was gardening and had her camera handy last week.

Here's more about these butterflies, courtesy of the University of Florida Extension Office.

The coonties in our garden are green and pretty unobtrusive, until they suddenly start bristling with wild fluorescent orange cones. The plants were used as food years ago, like a flour substitute.

There are plenty of resources in Tampa Bay to help you start landscaping with Native Florida plants. Native plants help create a Florida-Friendly Yard and a Wise Water Yard as part of your home.

We hope you can stroll through WMNF's garden next time you visit the station. If you're interested in helping out, you can get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, JoEllen Schilke, 813-238-8001 x 134 or joellen@wmnf.org.

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