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Updated: 05/22/2014 08:00:03AM

Native plants have a place in your garden

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHER

Ronald Lambert displays a small representation of Florida native plants that will enhance any garden or landscaping design.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHER

The red-orange flower of a Firebush shrub attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHER

The coontie fern provides food for the larvae of the atala hairstreak butterfly.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHER

The white blossom of Simpson's Stopper,

By Jamie Pipher

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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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