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Yacon

Yacon (aka Bolivian Sunroot – Polymnia sonchifolia) is a distant relative of the dahlia and grows to about six feet. It is closely related to the native Smallanthus Polymnia (formerly Polymnia uvedalia), which is a large, attractive herb with yellow flowers, and is usually found in tree-fall gaps in the moist hammocks of North […]

Lamb’s Quarters

Buy Lamb’s Quarters Seeds

Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium giganteum/album) are a common weed of agricultural fields, that are related to spinach. They come in purple, white, and in-between. They grow quickly during the spring and summer, providing nutritious leaves when cold weather greens are unavailable.

Soil: Lambs’ Quarters prefer rich soil, which is why they are […]

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum) is a perennial grass species with a sugary stem that can be chewed on, or refined into sugar. In North Florida, it has historically been used to make (cane) syrup.

It enjoys moist soil that is high in organic matter, and if you can get it, clay. I have been […]

Caribbean Oregano

Caribbean Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus) may be grown in your vegetable or herb garden or as a potted specimen. The leaves of this succulent herb are fleshy and strongly aromatic. Leaves are often used Caribbean cooking and also as a substitute for sage. The leaves are used medicinally in India as a cure for coughs.

Soil […]

Oak Leaf Lettuce

Oak Leaf Lettuces (Lactuca sativa) grow well in Gainesville in the winter. They appreciate rich soil, so load up on the manure.

You can harvest leaf lettuce by removing the older leaves occasionally, or alternatively, by cutting everything except a couple young leaves. You can do the latter twice or three times.

Lettuces will be […]

Winged Sumac

Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina) is a large shrub (growing up to 20′ tall) that produces terminal clusters of red fruit in the fall before its leaves turn a brilliant red and fall. The flowers attract butterflies and the fruits are eaten throughout the winter by a variety of birds … if you don’t eat them […]

Sunchoke

Sunchoke or Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is sunflower relative that grows through the warm season, and produces abundant crunchy tubers for harvest in the winter. The tubers are one of the best sources of a carbohydrate called inulin, which is a long-chain fructose polysaccharide. Inulin is not well digested by humans, but passes into the […]

Edible Canna

Edible Canna (Canna indica var. edulis, syn Canna edulis) AKA the Queensland Arrowroot this plant is closely related to the garden canna. It grows 6 or more feet tall and has a small brilliant red flower so it is an excellent backdrop for smaller flowers and herbs.

Soil: It loves wet soil and can grow […]

Sochan

Sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata), cut-leaf or green-headed cone flower, is native to most of the continental United States. Its native distribution dips into the Florida panhandle, so some consider it native to here. It is one of the favored greens of the Cherokee.

Soil: We expect it to appreciate a little […]

Chinquapin

Chinquapin (Castanea pumila) is a small tree or shrub native to the Southeastern US, that is closely related to the chestnut. It makes small sweet nuts that are said to taste like the American chestnuts, which were wiped out by Asian chestnut blight. These are considered native to FL, but they grow differently than the […]