So I see this very big, alien looking caterpillar cruising through the garden the other day. No idea what it was, so took pics then did some googling to figure it out.
Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar
Turns out it’s a hickory horned devil caterpillar that becomes a regal moth or royal walnut moth, which is one of our native moths. The scientific name is Citheronia regalis. Even though it looks like it would hurt if you touched it, it’s harmless.
(Moth pic courtesy of Donald W. Hall, University of Florida.)
The caterpillars usually eat on walnut, butternut or white walnut, hickory, pecan, Sweetgum, persimmon, and sumac trees.
So if you see this crazy looking caterpillar, don’t kill it! Show it your kids (my great niece and nephew thought it was the neatest thing ever), then let it go about its business. Soon you’ll have a beautiful moth doing its nighttime pollinating in your garden.
It’s Union Street Farmers Market day! Here are the plants that are looking good and ready to sell: pink jacobina, ornamental pomegranate, “Cora” vinca, “Panama Red” cranberry hibiscus, peach Turks Cap, “Henry’s Garnet” Sweetspire, yellow orchid vine, white Lady Banks Rose, Old Blush Rose, Verbena bonariensis “Lollipop”, and “Tropic Flame” Crossandra.
I’ll be at Bo Didley Park in downtown Gainesville 4:00 – 7:00. See you soon!
Saturdays, 8:30 – 1:00, we’ll be at Alachua County and Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00, we’ll be at Union Street in downtown Gainesville. We’re starting to grow more of our own plants, so it’ll be fun to offer some different varieties of plants for sell.
“Toryu-Shibori” Ornamental Pomegranate. Is that bloom gorgeous or what! This is a medium sized deciduous tree that blooms heavy in the spring. It grows upright for the first couple of years, then it starts growing an arching habit. Full to part sun. Fast growing. Low maintenance. $29.99/3-gallon
Globba schombutgkii “Dancing Girl Ginger “. Very cool yellow flowers bloom late spring to frost. Deciduous perennial for your shade / part shade garden. Great for containers or in the ground. Grows about 2′ tall and wide. $9.99/1-gallon.
Jacobina carnea pink. Cool plant for the shade/ part shade. Grows 3-7′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Hummingbirds love this plant. $5.99/1- gallon.
Gaura “Siskiyou Pink”. Great plant for that hot dry area of your garden. Grows about 2′ tall and wide, likes full to part sun, and doesn’t like to be over watered or over fertilized. Blooms pretty pink and white blooms spring to frost. Attracts butterflies. $4.99/1-gallon.
“Silky Red” Milkweed. One of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Grows 2- 3′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Reseeds itself. It’s a nectar and host plant, which doesn’t happen very often. $4.99/1-gallon.
“Wendy’s Wish ” Salvia. Another great hummingbird and butterfly attractor. Grows 3-4′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Perennial. Deer resistant. Sun to part sun. $4.99/1-gallon.
Vinca Cora pink. Great tender perennial for sun to part sun. About 1-1/2′ tall and wide. Great for containers or garden beds. $1.50/4″ container.
Happy digging in the dirt …
Jeanni and Gibbs
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