Sunday, September 8, 2019

Florida Short Verse Poetry, Winged Sumac

Winged sumac, Rhus copallinum

pucker up those lips
Florida lemonade stand
sour cracker cool-aide 
Luna moth prefers winged sumac as a larval host plant, Kevin Songer, Florida Nature Art
Winged sumac is also known as Florida lemonade due to the sour berries found growing in clusters on the shrub.  Traditionally these berries, high in vitamin C, were used to make a tasty drink.  Late summer winged sumac turn a green roadside to flaming orange and red.  Luna moths use winged sumac as a larval host plant.  Winged sumac is a fast growing native shrub great for landscaping and wildlife habitat.

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