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UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

Charlotte County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Charlotte County government, to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

1120 Centennial Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33953


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Buttercups for pollinators
We held an Open House at our Demonstration Garden located off Harbor View Road on  October 23rd.  We had at least one-hundred and fourteen people attend and it was a great morning of discovery and education


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COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension
Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office or view the local update page for the most up to date information on your


NFREC Quincy—100 Years of Service and Adaptation
It was the summer of 1978. I had just graduated with a BS degree in Agronomy from the Ohio State University


A very different type of hibiscus – nature’s chandelier
While almost everyone is familiar with hibiscus grown in our area, there are some other types that may be new to gardeners.  One such type is known by the common name of Coral Hibiscus, Fringed Hibiscus, Skeleton Hibiscus, Chinese Lantern or Japanese Lantern


Pink makes you think it is Muhly grass time
Fall and early winter bring their own colors here in the Southwest Florida landscape.  One such eye-catching plant with fluffy, purple-pink flower heads is called muhly grass


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    Hey, hey, its sweet bay!
    As botanical names are always accurate, let’s start with what we are talking about in this article - Laurus nobilis – sometimes called bay or sweet bay – not to be confused with magnolias.  This is the culinary herb obtained from a large shrub/medium-sized tree where the aromatic leaves are used for cooking


    A copperleaf of a different color
    When you think of colorful foliage plants that you might add to your landscape, you may target crotons, coleus, or even caladiums.    But what about the copperleaf?  Copperleaf shrubs today come in a surprising array of colors and leaf shapes that simply pop in the landscape