Floridata is an online photographic plant encyclopedia created for Florida gardeners by Jack Scheper 10 years ago. Along with 10 gardening friends/contributors he maintains a database of 730 plus Plant Profiles/Lists from annuals to vines, and everything in between. It’s a great resource for researching potential plants for your garden.
Jack has created an invaluable resource for Florida gardeners. Floridata gets my vote as one of the top resource sites for Florida gardeners. If you’ll remember, Jack was generous enough to let me link our cold-hardy plants list to his plant profiles.
Here’s what you’ll find at Floridata:
* Plants are listed alphabetically by botanical name.
* Plants are categorized by Plant Tag Lists - 9 types of plant categories: annuals, grasses, palms, perennials, shrubs, trees, water plants and cactus/succulent.
* The lists organize plants by some special feature or characteristic (such as edible, fragrant, drought, tolerant, etc.).
Note: One of my favorite resources on the homepage are links to these “special feature” lists. It’s easy to click on “Fragrant Plants” or “Shade Plants” and find a list of plants with these features.
In addition to Plant Profiles, Floridata features articles and other resources.
* Photo galleries: azalea, butterfly, camellia, pepper, Florida scrub plant, Florida scrub endangered plants, animals of the Florida scrub.
* Butterfly Resources - life cycle, photo gallery of 45 species, plants that attract butterflies.
* “How to” Articles written by Florida garden experts.
Member Profile & Forums provide a way to connect with other Florida gardeners.
* As a gardener, you can create a Profile Page that includes information on your garden. Create your own plant lists, and include a link to your blog,
* Forums and discussion groups are available for members to participate in.
When not working on Floridata, Jack maintains his own online garden journal - Jack’s Gardener’s Journal - where he writes about his experiences in his garden - Floridune near Tallahassee.