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Friday, December 5, 2014

Flower Friday: Hammock snakeroot is great for formal and naturalistic landscapes.

Photo by Wayne Matchett, www.spacecoastwildflowers.com
Hammock snakeroot (Ageratina jucunda) 
 
Hammock snakeroot is a low-growing, herbaceous to woody shrub that produces many clusters of white, flat-topped flowers. It is yet another member of the Eupatorieae tribe of the Aster family, which means its flowers consist of only disc and no ray florets. Its disc flowers are tubular. Hammock snakeroot's leaves are oppositely arranged and triangular with serrate margins.

Photo by Jason Sharp, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Hammock snakeroot flowers in summer through early winter. It occurs naturally in pine flatwoods, sandhills, hammocks, upland mixed woodlands, and along roadsides and stream banks. Flowers are attractive to a variety of bees, butterflies and birds, but the plant is poisonous to both humans and livestock if ingested.

Family: Asteraceae
Hardiness: Eastern panhandle and throughout peninsular Florida (Zones 8-11)
Soil: Moist but well-drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Growth habit: 2-3 feet tall (usually taller than wide)
Garden tips: Hammock snakeroot makes a nice low shrub border, but also works well in naturalistic plantings and in mixed beds. It can tolerate short periods of drought once established.

Hammock snakeroot seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative. Plants are often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.

To see where hammock snakeroot occurs naturally, visit florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2516.

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