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by Gerri Reaves
Showy starry ros-
asteriscus) is a
native to the pine flat-
woods of Florida. It is
also found in habitats
such as moist roadsides
and open woodlands.
It is one of only two
Florida native wildflowers
in the genus Silphium,
or rosinweed. The other,
grows in more northern
This member of the
aster family has bright
yellow ray flowers and
green to yellow disk flow-
ers at the center. In South
Florida, it blooms almost
The nectar in the
daisy-like flowers attracts
many pollinators, so it’s
an excellent plant for a
butterfly or wild garden,
where the vivid yellow
contrasts with other natives like gaillardia or milkweed.
This plant is hardy and low-maintenance. Once it establishes a good root system, it
will grow fairly fast and produce plenty of blooms.
It reaches three to five feet tall, forming semi-woody stems. The dark-green leaves
are coarse textured with toothed edges.
Give it well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Deep roots and rhizomes, root-like horizontal stems beneath the soil, help to make
it drought tolerant, but it is not very salt tolerant.
The only maintenance required is occasional cutting back and/or removing old
stems and flowers.
It readily self-seeds and spreads via the rhizomes.
Propagate it with seeds collected from dry flowerheads or obtain cuttings from the
Sources: A Gardener’s Guide To Florida’s Native Plants by Rufino Osorio, flori-
dawildflowerfoundation.blogspot.com and fnps.org.
Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of South Florida.
Native starry rosinweed is a good low-maintenance choice
for a butterfly garden
photo by Gerri Reaves
Bird Patrol Guided Tours
All are welcome to take part in a nature walk with a bird patrol guide on
Saturday, December 5, 8 a.m ., at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus
Drive in Fort Myers. Meet at Shelter A7. Enter the Lakes Park gate from
Gladiolus. Turn right. Drive to the end of the road, continue through the parking
lot. Shelter A7 is located near the train station.
This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native
vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the many species in
Lakes Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and bin-
For more information, call 533-7580 or 533-7576.
On Saturday, December 12, experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach
with a bird patrol guide at 10 a.m. Meet on the beach, located in south Fort Myers,
off Summerlin Road. Drive south of John Morris Road until it deadends.
Bunche Beach is an excellent viewing spot for both migrant and resident waders
and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide due to the diversity of micro-inver-
tebrates. You may also see waterfowl, raptors and warblers.
For more information, call 707-3015.
This tour is free with parking fee of $2 per hour (tour is approximately two
hours). Restrooms are available at the first parking lot. Bring binoculars, sun pro-
tection, shoes that can get wet and a bottle of water.
These tours are provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation.
Nature Education Fundraiser
The Shell Factory’s Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation fund-
raiser will be held December 5 at 6 p.m. in The Dolphin Room.
Owners Pam and Tom Cronin have dedicated many years to the support
and care of the over 400 animals that call The Nature Park home. As part of The
Shell Factory’s Community Outreach Program, thousands of Lee County students
have visited park in large part due to the student transportation program paid for
by the foundation. The Shell Factory’s Nature Park provides an up close and per-
sonal experience with the creatures we share our planet with.
The cost is $100 per person. This includes dinner, live and silent auction, and
“The Shell Factory continues to show both revenue and attendance increases,”
said Rick Tupper CFO/marketing director. “I believe our commitment to the com-
munity and the Cronins’ support for the future development of North Fort Myers
will ensure The Shell Factory will endure as a true community icon.” Visit w ww.
shellfactory.com for more information.
photo by Meg Rousher
A little blue heron landed right in front of
Meg Rousher on a bird patrol walk
photo by Meg Rousher
Our email address is email@example.com
America’s Boating Course At San
Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron
The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power
Squadrons serving South Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs
and Estero, is offering America’s Boating Course on two Saturday morn-
ings, December 5 and 12. The final exam will be held on the 12th. Classes run
from 8:30 a.m . to approximately 12:30 p.m . with sign-in at 8:15 a.m . on the first
Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergen-
cies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience
safer and more enjoyable. Students who complete the course are eligible to join the
U.S. Power Squadron at a discounted rate offering 18 months of membership for the
price of 12 months.
This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators and satisfies the Florida state requirement that anyone born after
January 1, 1988 must pass a safe boating course in order to operate a boat with more
than 10 h.p . Each student will receive a Florida Boater’s card, valid for life, from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, upon successfully completing the class.
The cost of the course is $45 with a $20 additional cost for a second person shar-
ing the instructional materials.
The course will be taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom
located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard, at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE
Hardware). Preregistration is required. Students can register online at www.scbps.com
or by calling the office at 466-4040 and leaving their contact information.
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