Author: Steve Turner

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

The Imperial Bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis)

Alcantarea imperialis is endemic to Brazil and is one of the largest terrestrial bromeliads. Its leaf color is very variable, ranging from all green to deep purple and various combinations in between.  You may recognize this bromeliad as Vriesea imperialis, its former botanic name.  At 5′ across it can take up to ten years to…
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June 30, 2017 0

Nursery Odds and Ends

This past week saw the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  The nursery still has Jackfruit for sale and will plant a few assorted vegetable and herb plants in the next couple of weeks.  Remember, Richard Lyons Nursery is open from 8:00AM until 4:30PM every day EXCEPT Thursday.


September 25, 2016 0

Queen’s Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa) and Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Queen’s Crape Myrtle is a deciduous subtropical tree, USDA hardiness zone 10B-11, closely related to the more cold tolerant Lagerstroemia indica.  However, Queen’s Crape Myrtle has a single trunk,  much larger crown spread, larger leaves, and larger flowers varying in color from pink to purple, as opposed to the many flower colors of L. indica.  It attains a height…
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May 29, 2016 0

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 a solution.  The best of both worlds if you will.  The Bougainvillea cultivar ‘Pixie’.  It…
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March 20, 2016 0

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

This article was originally posted almost 4 years ago, but bears reposting since we are now in the heart of our winter (although you would never know it except for the calendar date).  I also neglected to give a heads-up to the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana) which really attracts the ruby-throat at the…
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January 3, 2016 0