Ron Lambert, Owner of Buckhorn Nursery in Zolfo Springs, presented an informative program at the May meeting of the Arcadia Garden Club. Lambert discussed the role of native plants in our landscaping decisions and provided several examples of shrubs and trees.
The Coontie fern is a small palm-like perennial plant that provides larval food for the atala hair streak butterfly. It was used by the Seminoles to make flour. They would cut up pieces of the stems and pound them out into a powder, wash it in water and let the starch sink to the bottom. The paste was fermented and dried to a powder. The plant is also known as Florida Arrowroot.
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