Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Tropical South

August, 2001
Regional Report

Books

Florida Butterfly Gardening
Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies of the Lower South by Marc and Maria Minno (University of Florida Press, 1999; $35) is an excellent book on butterflies. It contains great color photos and a clear natural history of the different species of butterflies. It's great fun to sit and watch the butterflies, using this book to identify each one.

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Porterweed
Blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) is a blue flowering, small shrub that grows slowly to 4 to 6 feet tall. This semi-woody shrub grows well in sun or shade, and likes moist soil conditions. In our tropical climate, blue porterweed survives for about 4 to 5 years before dying off. However, new seedlings are readily produced and easily transplanted to other locations in the landscape. The sky blue flowers are a favorite nectar source for many butterflies.



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