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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Rosinweed

Silphium asteriscus

This native perennial can reach a height of 3 to 5 feet and a spread of approximately 2 to 4 feet. Rosinweed prefers full sun and does well in partial shade. It tolerates most soil types and is drought tolerant.

This plant attracts bees and is a native butterfly nectar plant. Although it can form a sizable clump, it is not aggressive. The leaves feel like sandpaper, and the yellow flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide, look like small sunflowers. It blooms nearly year-round and reseeds itself.

For information on this and other butterfly-attracting plants, please see the University of Florida publication, “Butterfly Gardening in Florida,” by Jaret C. Daniels, Joe Schaefer, Craig N. Huegel, and Frank J. Mazzotti, at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW05700.pdf.

We hope you will stop by the Wildlife Habitat area of the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden to view this lovely native.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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