Category: Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening

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

Pagoda Flower

Clerodendrum paniculatum, The Pagoda Flower is named for the shape of its flowers. This species was first described in 1767 by none other than Carl Linnaes himself (The Father of modern biological nomenclature). This shrub spreads by means of root suckers to create a nice clump of stems, each producing a scarlet pagoda shaped inflorescence.…
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June 11, 2022 0

Lobster Claw Heliconia

There are many species and hybrid Heliconias in the nursery trade. The most recognized Heliconia and the most asked for Heliconia by far is Heliconia rostrata. This is also the one most commonly referred to as the Lobster Claw Heliconia. It is one of the only Heliconia’s on the market whose flower is pendant. That…
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June 5, 2022 0

Fountain Clerodendrum or Tube Flower

Clerodendrum minahassae is a large shrub or small tree usually multi-trunked. This plant blooms in spring to early summer with clusters of tubular white flowers giving the allusion of a fountain, thus the common names. After flowering this tree develops very attractive fruits that are deep blue almost purple, surrounded by flattened thick red bracts…
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May 1, 2022 0

Indian Mallow or Canary Tree

Abutilon chittendenii is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is a large shrub or small tree attaining a height of 10 feet with broad heart shaped leaves. It has canary yellow five petaled flowers in clusters along its branches. It is a winter bloomer and both bees and butterflies are attracted to its flowers.…
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March 13, 2022 0

Caribwood Tree

Poitea carinalis (formerly Sabinea carinalis) is a small tree 10-15′ tall which is endemic to the island of Dominica in the West Indies.  It officially became the national flower of Dominica in 1978.  It grows along dry coastal areas on the island, although there are few individuals remaining in the wild. This tree is an…
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March 6, 2022 0