Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Open House Date Is Set

Alexa and I have finally set a date for our Spring Open House & we hope you can join us. Many of the wildflowers that we have ready right now are in limited supply and more will be ready by fall - hopefully.
I have added the list below - Plants marked as "Sp" are new seedlings from last fall's seed. They are a bit small, but healthy and ready for new homes.
Our Open house is:
Saturday, April 29
9 am - 1 pm
We are located at 9900 133rd St, Seminole (Pinellas County) 33776
Call if you have questions: (727) 422-6583
We also are open by appointment if you can't make the sale






Wildflower Availability –Spring 2017


Allium canadense
Meadow garlic
Now
Amorpha fruticosa
False indigo
Sp
Amorpha herbacea
Herbaceous false indigo
Now
Andropogon ternarius
Splitbeard bluestem
Sp
Arisaema triloba
Jack-in-the-pulpit
Sp
Asclepias humistrata
Purple milkweed
Small
Bonamia grandiflora
Bonamia
Not Available
Callirhoe papaver
Poppy mallow
Not Available
Calydorea caelestina
Bartram’s ixia
Not available
Capsicum annuum
 Bird pepper
Now
Carphephorus corymbosus
Florida paintbrush
Not available
Carphephorus odoritissimus
Vanilla plant
Not available
Chrysoma paucifloculosa
Woody goldenrod
Not available
Chrysopsis linearifolia
Narrow-leaved goldenaster
Sp
Chrysopsis mariana
Maryland goldenaster
Sp
Clematis baldwinii
Pine hyacinth
Now
Clematis crispa
Fairy hats
Now
Conradina grandiflora x etonia
Natural hybrid false rosemary
Ask
Cordia globosa
Bloodberry
Now
Dalea carnea
Pink prairieclower
Ask
Dalea feayi
Scrub prairieclover
Ask
Dalea pinnata
Summer farewell
Ask
Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower
Sp
Eryngium aquaticum
Blue rattlesnake master
Sp
Fragaria virginiana
Wild strawberry
Not Available
Gaillardia aestivalis
Lance-leaved blanketflower
Sp
Garberia heterophylla
Garberia
Not Available
Helianthus carnosus
Lakeside sunflower
Not Available - Fall
Helianthus radula
Rayless sunflower
Now
Helianthus resinosus
Resindot sunflower
Sp
Hibiscus coccineus
Scarlet hibiscus
Sp
Hibiscus furcellatus
Lindenleaf rosemallow
Now
Hibiscus poeppigii
Poeppig's rosemallow
Now
Liatris chapmanii
Chapman’s blazing star
Sp
Liatris elegans
Elegant blazing star
Not Available
Liatris gracilis
Graceful blazing star
Sp
Liatris provincialis
Godfrey’s blazing star
Not available
Liatris savannenesis
Savanna blazing star
Now
Nemastylis floridana
Celestial lily/Fall ixia
Sp
Nolina brittoniana
Britton’s beargrass
Now
Ocimum campechianum
Native basil
Sp
Palafoxia integrifolia
Coastal plain palafox
Sp
Passiflora pallida
Pale passionvine
Not available - Fall
Phlox pilosa
Downy phlox
Now
Phoebanthus grandiflorus
Phoebanthus
Now
Ratbiida pinnata
Yellow coneflower
Now
Rudbeckia mohrii
Mohr’s coneflower
Now
Rubbeckia mollis
Softhair coneflower
Sp
Rudbeckia triloba
Brown-eyed susan
Ask
Scutellaria arenicola
Scrub skullcap
Not Available
Smallanthus uvedalia
Hairy leafcup/Bear's paw
Not Available
Solidago arguta var. caroliniana
Carolina goldenrod
Now
Solidago caesia
Wreath goldenrod
Not available
Solidago petiolaris
Downy ragged goldenrod
Ask
Solidago stricta
Wand goldenrod
Now
Sorghastrum apalachicolense
Apalachicola Indiangrass
Sp
Sorghastrum nutans
Indiangrass
Sp
Sorghastrum secundum
Lop-sided Indiangrass
Sp
Stokesia laevis
Stoke’s aster
Not Available - Fall
Symphyotricum concolor
Silver aster
Not available
Symphyotrichum georgianum
Georgia aster
Not available
Symphyotrichum patens
Late purple aster
Not available
Symphyotrichum walteri
Walter's aster
Now
Thalictrum revolutum
Wavy-leaved meadowrue
Now
Tiedemannia filiformis
Water dropwort
Sp
Viola soraria (white form)
Common blue violet
Now
Zephyranthes simpsonii
Simpson’s rain lily
Not available - Fall
All 4” pots @ $4 each.
(727) 422-6583

I currently have these trees/shrubs as small seedlings: ASK – Price vary
Scrub hickory (Carya floridana), Chapman oak (Quercus chapmanii), Tough bumelia (Sideroxylon tenax), Rusty bumelia (Sideroxylon rufotomentosa), Silk bay (Persea humilis), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

I currently have a very few 1-gallon trees available also: Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), Southern crabapple (Malus angustifolius), one-flowered haw (Crataegus uniflora), Summer haw (Crataegus flava).

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall Open House - Saturday September 17 - Seminole FL - 9 am - 1 pm





Alexa and I will be opening our landscape and our small nursery to the public on Saturday, September 17. We hope you can stop by and take home some of our extra plants.  Doors will open at 9 am and we expect to be done by 1 pm.  Hawthorn Hill is mostly a wildflower grower and we specialize in species not widely grown by the native plant nurseries.  Nearly everything is in 4" pots and will sell for $4 each. We can accept credit cards with a magnetic strip, as well as cash and personal checks. Each year, we try to reduce our inventory before things get too old and save the space for new plants we will be sowing shortly. If you wish to stop by on the 17th, here's our address: 9900 133rd St, Seminole, FL  33776
And here's what we will have - though we have very few specimens of many of these & it is first come:
Amorpha herbacea
Herbaceous false indigo

Andropogon ternarius
Splitbeard bluestem

Bonamia grandiflora
Bonamia

Carphephorus corymbosus
Florida paintbrush

Chrysoma paucifloculosa
Woody goldenrod

Chrysopsis linearifolia
Narrow-leaved goldenaster

Chrysopsis marilandica
Maryland goldenaster

Clematis baldwinii
Pine hyacinth

Clematis crispa
Fairy hats

Conradina grandiflora x etonia
Hybrid false rosemary


Cordia globosa
Bloodberry

Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower

Fragaria virginiana
Wild strawberry

Gaillardia aestivalis
Lance-leaved blanketflower

Garberia heterophylla
Garberia

Helianthus radula
Rayless sunflower

Helianthus resinosus
Resindot sunflower

Hibiscus furcellatus
Lindenleaf rosemallow

Hibiscus poeppigii
Poeppig's rosemallow

Liatris chapmanii
Chapman’s blazing star

Liatris elegans
Elegant blazing star

Liatris gracilis
Graceful blazing star

Liatris savannenesis
Savanna blazing star

Nolina brittoniana
Britton’s beargrass

Palafoxia integrifolia
Coastal plain palafox

Passiflora pallida
Pale passionvine

Phlox pilosa
Downy phlox

Ratbiida pinnata
Yellow coneflower

Rudbeckia mohrii
Mohr’s coneflower




Rudbeckia triloba
Brown-eyed susan

Scutellaria arenicola
Scrub skullcap

Sideroxylon rufotomentosa
Dwarf bumelia

Solidago arguta var. caroliniana
Carolina goldenrod

Solidago petiolaris
Downy ragged goldenrod

Solidago stricta
Wand goldenrod

Sorghastrum apalachicolense
Apalachicola Indiangrass

Sorghastrum nutans
Indiangrass

Sorghastrum secundum
Lop-sided Indiangrass

Symphyotricum concolor
Silver aster

Symphyotrichum georgianum
Georgia aster

Symphyotrichum patens
Late purple aster

Symphyotrichum walteri
Walter's aster

Thalictrum revolutum
Wavy-leaved meadowrue

Viola soraria (white form)
Common blue violet




Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pineland Waterwillow - Justicia angusta


Pineland waterwillow (Justicia angusta) is not a pineland plant, but an obligate wetland one, common to open wet meadows in all of penisular Florida and a few counties in the panhandle. It also has been reported from two counties in southern Georgia. As such, it is a near-endemic of Florida.
Pineland waterwillow is a perennial forb that dies back to the ground in winter. It emerges in early spring and quickly produces a very slender stem that can stand 3-4 feet tall.  As the Latin name indicates, the leaves are exceptionally narrow. Pineland waterwillow often grows in shallow standing water, the stem standing several feet above the waterline.
Flowering can occur in most months from spring through fall. The photos above were taken 8 July 2016 in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County. As is typical of this species, the flowers are solitary on the stem, but multiple blooms are produced during the extended blooming season.  Each is a rich pink to violet in color. The two small upper petals are curled backwards while the larger lower petals are slightly fused and form a broad 3-lobed lip.  The center of the lower petals is noticeably lighter in color and spotted with deep purple dots. The flowers are mostly visited by bees.
Pineland waterwillow makes an interesting addition to an open marsh planting, but it is not offered commercially by any of the nurseries affiliated with FANN - the Florida Association of Native Nurseries.  It's close relative, looseflower waterwillow (J. ovata) is reported as a larval plant for two crescent butterflies - the Seminole Texan and Phaon crescents. As the phaon crescent's range in Florida extends well south of the range of J. ovata, it may use J. angusta in south Florida.  This should be watched for and reported if it occurs.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wild White Indigo - Baptisia alba





Wild white indigo (Baptisia alba)  is one of eight native species in this genus and one of two with white flowers. The other white-flowered species (B. albescens) has noticeably smaller flowers and narrower leaves. The flattened ripe seeds pods are black instead of brown. Wild white indigo is native to well-drained upland sites in much of the northern one-third of Florida and throughout the eastern half of the U.S.
Wild white indigo is a perennial sub-shrub that can grow to 3 feet tall from a stout main stem, 6 inches in diameter. It dies back to the ground in winter and emerges again in early spring. Like many members of the bean family, the leaves are three-parted. Each leaf is about 3 inches long and has a whitish cast on the upper surface.
Flowering occurs from late spring into summer. Many upright flower stalks are produced and they stand a foot or more above the foliage in very showy racemes. As the name implies, the flowers are creamy white in color with a pronounced lower lip and smaller upper petal. Each bloom is nearly 1 inch long. They are pollinated primarily by large bees. It also is the larval food plant for Zarucco and Wild Indigo Duskywing Skippers.
This species is the most widely propagated member of this genus in Florida and is available from a number of nurseries affiliated with FANN - the Florida Association of Native Nurseries. I have not had success with it in my central Florida landscape, but it is relatively easy within its more-northern Florida range if given well-drained sandy soils and at least a half day of sun.

Venus' Looking-glass - Triodanis perfoliata



Venus' looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata) is an annual member of the bluebell family (Campanulaceae) and common to disturbed sites and roadsides throughout the northern two-thirds of Florida and nearly all of Canada and the U.S.  Its natural range occurs south to Argentina and it is naturalized in China, Korea and Australia. 
The common name likely refers to the shiny lens-shaped seeds which can act like a mirror, though they are too tiny to see without some magnification. The stem is unbranched and reaches a mature height of 6-12 inches by bloom time. The stem is deeply furrowed and lined with small white "hairs."  The leaves are alternate along the stem until they reach the top - where they become opposite each other. Each leaf is heart-shaped (chordate), lime green in color, slightly toothed along the margin and clasp the stem. Flower buds form (generally three in number) in each of the leaf axils.  
Flowering occurs for about a month in late spring to summer. Though 1-3 buds are formed at each axil, only one is generally open at a time. The blooms are deep violet to purple in color, and quite attractive, though only about 1/2 inch in diameter. Each is composed of five petals which generally open more flat than the flowers pictured above. The throat is lighter in color and the white-colored, prominent reproductive parts emerge from the base. Pollinated flowers (though the lower ones generally are self pollinating - cleistogamous) ripen to brown seed capsules in early fall. Like other members of this family, they explode when ripe and scatter the many seeds away from the parent.
Though attractive, the annual nature and small stature of this wildflower limit its potential in cultivation. It is only rarely offered and difficult to maintain in a typical landscape setting. It thrives in poor soil and open conditions, and does not tolerate being overly crowded by other plants. It is recorded that the Cherokee Nation used a tincture made from its roots to treat stomach ache.