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NISAW 2016 – Beach Vitex in the Florida Panhandle

This yard on Pensacola Beach has become over run by vitex. Photo courtesy of Rick O’Connor. In 2013 we began writing about a potential invasive plant in the Florida panhandle called Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). The first record we knew of was reported from Pensacola Beach and was posted on EDDmaps.org. According to this website …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/23/nisaw-2016-beach-vitex-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Invasive Species of the Day (February 23): Kudzu Bugs and Beach Vitex

Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria): Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest!  In 2012, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in our state.  And they are settling in to stay.  The kudzu bug was first documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia.  It has quickly spread throughout the southeast. At …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/24/invasive-species-of-the-day-february-23-kudzu-bugs-and-beach-vitex/

An Unwanted Beach Visitor: Beach Vitex

Many beachfront dwellers have intentionally planted beach vitex because of its attractive purple flowers. Photo credit: Rick O’Connor Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are spending more time on our gorgeous Gulf beaches. Sea turtle nesting is in full swing, and everyone gets excited at sightings of dolphins, sharks, and the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/21/an-unwanted-beach-visitor-beach-vitex/

Invasive Species of the Day (March 1): Coral Ardisia, Beach Vitex, Crazy Ant

March 1st: Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata), Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), Crazy Ant (Nylanderia pubens) Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR): All of the species featured in today’s article are ones that we need to keep an eye on as they move closer to the Florida panhandle.  If new invasive species are caught early, then eradication of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/01/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-1-coral-ardisia-beach-vitex-crazy-ant/

Beach Vitex… Is It a Growing Problem?

Beach vitex expands its woody rhizomes aggressively; it can actually grow over sidewalks and driveways.   It’s actually a pretty plant, this Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), and it is very good at stabilizing eroding dunes. In the 1990’s, the state of South Carolina planted this shrub to help restore dunes lost during hurricanes. It was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/20/beach-vitex-is-it-a-growing-problem/