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Snow for Thanksgiving

Or what passes for snow here in southwest Florida --

Florida snow (Richardia grandiflora)

It's actually a native of South American countries and is considered an invasive species here. Homeowners and HOAs abhor it because it spreads rapidly and is hard to get rid of. Mowing spreads the seeds and it has to be pulled up by hand and then the lawn resod.

I would like to point out that the lush green grass lawns of northern states are not native to Florida either and that they take constant vigilance and heavy handed use of obnoxious chemicals to maintain. I prefer these weeds on the whole.


  1. Wow! Yet, I must say that it does look pretty in your photo. LOL.

  2. One of my mom's quotes - a weed is a perennial gone amok. It's interesting to see what's considered invasive in some areas.

  3. There are several invasive weeds here too, that are very pretty. I can't imagine pulling that out by hand!

  4. Didn't have any of that where I lived in Florida but would have been OK with it. Kinda cute.

  5. Haha. I've seen a couple of different weeds that were ok with me but I once planted one I didn't know how invasive it would be. I dug up that corner of the yard for years and years.

  6. Gee... They actually look like good ground cover. When I first saw your post, I thought it was snow at first too.

  7. Where we live in the summer and fall (Washington State), blackberries are a non-native invasive species. I always chuckle when I see them in the grocery store for several dollars a pint.


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