Richardia grandiflora, also referred to as “Florida snow,” is returning to the Area Coast. Video by Emre Kelly.
The invasive white flower is admittedly only a weed.
An invasive flower typically known as “Florida snow” is blooming once more this yr alongside street medians, shoulders and in yards all through the Area Coast.
The slowly rising blizzard has began to cowl grassy strips in giant patches all through Viera, Suntree and elsewhere within the county.
The flower goes by many names. Horticulturists name it largeflower pusley. Others seek advice from it as tough Mexican clover, a deceptive time period as a result of the plant just isn’t from Mexico and isn’t a clover.
The herb’s botanical identify is Richardia grandiflora. Specialists say the plant is native to Brazil and elsewhere in South America.
It is unsure when precisely it acquired right here, however the perennial weed now infests at the least 26 counties alongside the southern half of Florida.
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Heavy rains and other climate factors may have spurred the plant’s recent proliferation along the Space Coast, horticulturalists suspect.
“I think this could be like the snowball going down the mountain and it’s just getting bigger and bigger now, more noticeable,” Sally Scalera told FLORIDA TODAY in 2015, horticulture agent at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ extension in Brevard County.
Although often considered a nuisance on yards and pastures, the flower’s spread has its upsides. Pusley provides a low-maintenance, drought- and cold-tolerant cohabitant with turf grass to help keep soil erosion in check. And it provides nectar for butterflies and bees, important pollinators.
Largeflower pusley is closely related to several tropical plants such as ixora, gardenia, penta firebush and wild coffee, according to a 2011 report about the plant by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
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