Spring 2016 Makes a Grand Entrance in Southern Florida

Believe it or not, we do have seasons here in southern Florida. And spring is upon us! I just completed a tour of the nursery, where there is evidence everywhere of the new season. Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata) is extremely fragrant, … Continue reading

Clematis smilacifolia (Tropical Clematis)

The genus name is from the Ancient Greek meaning ‘A climbing plant’.  Most of the species of this genus are found throughout the temperate regions of the world.  One exception is Clematis smilacifolia.  This Clematis is native to India and … 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

Looking for Passion?, Part I

To say that the collection of Passion Flower species is large and widespread is an understatement. Comprising some 500 species, the genus Passiflora is found growing natively in Old and New World Tropics, excepting Africa, and in temperate locales as … Continue reading

Portlandia and Other Rubiaceae Relatives

Portlandia grandiflora (Tree Lily or Bell Flower) has fragrant flowers like its relative, the Gardenia.  It is a small tree or shrub from the Caribbean attaining a height of 6-8 feet.  It grows best in filtered light and does very … Continue reading