Coastal and Tropical South

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Titanic Flower

National News

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the most spectacular plants around. This native of Indonesian rain forests grows from a corm that weighs over 200 pounds. Its flower is composed...

Rhododendron of the Year

Rhododendrons and azaleas (both members of the genus Rhododendron ) have some of the loveliest blooms around, so it's not surprising that these shrubs are popular plants across the country. But...

Put Your Garden on the Map

Gardeners are usually bird lovers as well as plant enthusiasts. Now you can combine both these interests in a citizen science project that's designed to give you a deeper understanding of the...

The Strange Case of Barberry, Ticks, and Earthworms

We've all probably heard about the problems caused by invasive plant species crowding out native vegetation and altering the ecosystem. But new research has shown that at least one invasive...

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In the Garden


Face Your Pests

From the tiniest mites to browsing deer, a gardener can remain vigilant for pests and still occasionally be blindsided by the sight of damage to his or her plants. There can be no better reason for my number one garden rule: walk the garden daily. When...
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Fresh Food Recipes A great deal of emphasis is being placed on eating local food, and that is terrific. Fresh is...

Favorite or New Plant

Chinese Violet Chinese violet (Telosma cordata) has flowers with amazingly thick petals, reminiscent of their...
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Regional Reminders

  • Stop Mosquitoes and Gnats
  • Fight Fire Ants
  • Collect Ladybugs Indoors
  • Prevent Pantry Pests
  • Take Action Against Swarming Termites

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