Author: Steve Turner

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Glow Vine

Saritaea magnifica, the Glow Vine is a woody vine native to Columbia and Ecuador. It blooms in South Florida in the fall/winter consisting of bright trumpet magenta flowers with white throats. When not in bloom, the foliage has dark green leathery leaves which are very attractive on their own. Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this…
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December 12, 2021 0

Yucatan Daisy

Yucatan Daisy (Montanoa atriplicifolia) is a woody shrub that acts like a vine as it sprawls over other plants. Maybe it is a vine that tends to be somewhat shrublike. It seems to be one of those plants that is somewhere in the middle, neither shrub nor vine. It is native to southern Mexico and…
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December 5, 2021 0

Red Shrimp Plant

The red shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) is native to Mexico but it has naturalized in areas of South Florida. It grows to a height of 1-3 feet with spindly stems which gives it a sprawling mounding appearance. It also suckers along the stems spreading as it grows. This is an ideal plant for a shady…
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November 27, 2021 0

Muhly Grass

Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is native to most of Florida’s coastal counties. It has become a popular landscape grass and is widely cultivated. It forms clumps 2-3 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide. It also seeds itself fairly easily forming additional plants. The pink color of its flower spikes blowing in the breeze…
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November 21, 2021 0

African Tulip Tree

One of the most striking of winter-flowering trees found in southern Florida is the African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata). This fast grower is native to tropical areas of western and central Africa, where it can reach about 80 ft. in height. In South Florida it tends to be a little smaller, but still a very…
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November 14, 2021 0