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Native Species VS Invasive Species: It’s Time to Get Involved

What are invasive species, and why should I care? Many of the plants growing in man-cultivated areas are considered non-native, and often invasive species. Invasive species are “an introduced, nonnative organism (disease, parasite, plant, or animal) that begins to spread or expand its range from the site of its original introduction and that has the potential to cause harm to the environment, the economy, or to human health” (USGS). Typically, a native species is considered native if it existed in… Read More »Native Species VS Invasive Species: It’s Time to Get Involved

Herbal Spotlight: Passiflora Incarnata (Purple Passion Flower)

Several species of the Passiflora genus are native to Florida, including a well-loved medicinal variety known as Passiflora incarnata. Despite it’s exotic look and aggressive growth, this flowering vine is non-invasive in Florida (“Passiflora Incarnata”). You can find their extravagant day-long blooms inching across the tops of trees, over trellises, and splayed out on the side of the road, among other sunny spots. Their striking appearance and medicinal value have given them plenty of attention in both the horticulture and… Read More »Herbal Spotlight: Passiflora Incarnata (Purple Passion Flower)