Firebush (Hamelia patens)

No less a publication than Southern Living magazine has long recommended our native Firebush, Hamelia patens, to its readership. And it’s no wonder. The species has many endearing qualities. First, if not foremost, it’s rather cold-tolerant. The Florida Native Plant … Continue reading

Bougainvillea ‘Pixie’

The mere mention of the word Bougainvillea conjures up nasty thorns before beautiful flowers.  Many people love the flowers, but not the headache of trying to prune this vine without getting torn up by its vicious thorns.  Now there is … Continue reading

Brazilian Red Cloak Stars in the Winter Landscape

Brazilian Red Cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys) was included in a June 2015 article on this website about hedge material, but it merits special attention now that it is blooming spectacularly. This single-species genus is a New World native that occurs in … Continue reading

Looking for Passion?, Part II

This week we conclude with the Passion Flower species which Richard Lyons’ Nursery recommends for our area. Many of these plants are available at the nursery. Passiflora incarnata (Maypop Passion Vine) is among the hardiest of the Passion Vines. The Cherokee word … Continue reading