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From time to time Richard Lyons Nursery features a specific Croton cultivar, and this week I took some pictures of Codiaeum variegatum ‘Fishbone’ or The Fishbone Croton. The pattern in the leaves gives this Croton its name and a spectacular look. The pictures are of a speciman in the ground which is about 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

Richard Lyons Nursery has this Croton in stock in 3 gallon containers.

Codiaeum variegatum ‘Fishbone’ (Fishbone Croton)

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Tropical Hydrangea is probably not a very good common name given the fact this plant is not related to Hydrangea at all. I am referring to Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’. A large shrub with dark green foliage contrasting with bright pink hydrangia looking blossoms. It is currently flowering all around South Florida, and will do so through the spring. The flowers attract an abundance of honey bees.

Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this plant in stock.

Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’ (Tropical Rose Hydrangea)

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This week’s featured plants are two native asters in the Smphyotrichum genus. Symphyotrichum dumosum (Rice Button Aster), is a mounding herbaceous plant native to eastern North America. In Florida, it is present in most of the state, but most noticeably absent from Hendry, Palm Beach, and Broward counties. The three counties just south of Lake Okeechobee. It occurs in drier prairie and grassland habitats. This Aster has pale lavender blossums, which are present in the fall and winter months in South Florida. The flowers attract Skipper Butterflies and honey bees.

Symphyotrichum carolinianum (Climbing Aster), is a woody vine/shrub, also native to eastern North America. It also occurs in almost all of Florida, except the western most Panhandle counties. Unlike its cousin, this aster grows in the wetlands of Florida. The flowers are very similar in size and color to the Rice Button Aster, and they also attract Skipper Butterflies and honey bees.

If you desire some color in the fall and winter months, these plants are for you and are available at Richard Lyons Nursery.

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It is peek flowering season for one of the more colorful shrubs in the South Florida landscape, with an unusual common name. I am referring to the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow shrub (Brunfelsia grandiflora). While it starts blooming in late September or early October, and continues into the springtime, mid-November thru December really is at its most spectacular.

Now, for an explanation of its common name: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is referring to the three color phases of each flower. This gives the appearance that the shrub has three different colors of flowers, but in fact, every flower starts out purple, fades to lavender, and then to white before falling off. That is why, you only see white flowers on the ground. Since flowers continue to bloom each day, you do in fact see three different colors at the same time. Yesterday they were purple, Today they are lavender, and Tomorrow they will be white. By the end of the day, all of the white stages of the flowers fall to the ground. Each flower blooms for approximately three days.

Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this shrub in stock.

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I went past a Bixa orellana (Lipstick Tree) tree in a golf cart planted at Richard Lyons Nursery and couldn’t help but notice how spectacular this tree looked. Bright red seed pods against dark green heart shaped leaves, and beautiful pinkish lavendar colored blossoms,

The tree is native to northern S. America, Central America, and Mexico. The bright red seed pods give the tree its common name, Lipstick Tree. The seeds are the source of annatto, a natural orange-red dye. The ground seeds are used in many recipes throughout its growing region.

Richard Lyons Nursery has this tree currently in stock.