Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Plants on the Way & Some Seed to Give Away

Happy New Year from Hawthorn Hill - Craig & Alexa Huegel. We are busy sowing seed for Spring 2015 plants.  One of the species we have germinating right now is Rudbeckia graminifolia, pictured at the top.  It should be a very interesting year here. My new book, on using native plants in shady landscapes is off to the printer and should be available in April of this year.  Foolishly, I am starting a new book as well - more on that someday in the future if the University Press of Florida is willing to take it on as well....

We don't usually have extra seed, but we have limited quantities of the following.  Seed loses its viability quickly so there is no sense in saving it on my end.  If any of this is of interest to you, please email me -  and inquire.  I will give it away first come, but will ask you to send me a SASE.

1. Garberia heterophylla - Garberia
2. Symphyotrichum georgianum - Georgia aster
3. Chrysoma paucifloculosa - Woody goldenrod
4. Chrysopsis mariana - Maryland goldenaster
5. Chrysopsis liniarifolia - Linear leaved goldenaster

Quantities are very limited.  All of these species are in the blog if they are not familiar to you.


  1. Happy New Year Craig and Alexa! I've been enjoying your site for some time and have learned a lot - thank you so much!

  2. I would have loved some of these seeds of natives, but I live in zone 10, PB County.

    I enjoy your blog, and am always looking for natives to add to my 'cottage' style gardens.


  3. I would love to attract more butterflies. What types of plants attract them?

  4. In starting a butterfly garden, the first step is to pick the species you most want to invite in - also considering which species might live in your area. Then, plant their larval host plants - not nectar plants. Once you have the larval plants installed, choose from the many wonderful nectar sources that would prosper in your geographical area as well as match your site conditions. That might sound difficult, but it isn't as there are a great many good sources now (books, mostly) that will direct you. Although I wrote a short booklet on butterfly gardening many years ago for the Florida Native Plant Society, it is outdated. I find the best books to be the one by Marc Minno and the one by Jaret Daniels. As for nectar, those books would give you good generalities on species. Anything in the aster family would be good. Pentas, a non-native, is good;. Native red salvia is good. I have written a book on gardening with wildflowers, published by the U of FL Press, that would be helpful in aspects of how to garden with any of the useful native wildflowers. Good luck

  5. I just joined the following! I am a native plant grower in coastal Georgia and have just discovered the wealth of native plant information available from folks in Florida. Even though I am in zone 8(b) most everything for FL works here too!


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