Episode #198 | Original Air Date: December 2, 2020
Many people grow holly to use as cuttings in their holiday décor. But, while holly is Florida-Friendly, several other plants that produce red berries have become serious pests in Florida, including Brazilian pepper, coral ardisia, and nandina, which is commonly called heavenly bamboo.
These three plants are non-native, invasive species that spread into natural areas, crowd out native plants, and disrupt habitats.
All three of these pose serious challenges for land managers, since large-scale eradication efforts are time-consuming and costly.
You can help be part of the solution by removing any invasive plants you might find growing in your landscape.
Your county Extension office can help you identify unknown plants.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.