Category: Did You Know?

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

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia grandiflora is in peek flowering season and is one of the most colorful shrubs in the South Florida landscape. 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. It has an unusual common name of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow…
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November 12, 2023 0

Peanut Butter Tree

Bunchosia glandulifera is a novelty fruit tree native to northern South America and Central America. It does in fact have the taste and texture of peanut butter. The fruits are small, elliptical in shape, and about 1″ in length and ripen to an orangy-red color. The tree is somewhat shrubby, but can attain a height…
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October 29, 2023 0

Resurrection Fern and Whisk-Fern

Two native plants to South Florida that probably are growing in your yard right now and you may not even know it, or you walk by them without taking a second glance. The first is the Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis michauxiana). This amazing epiphytic fern shrivels up during dry periods losing 90% of its tissue moisture.…
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August 27, 2023 0

Triumph Persimmon Tree

‘Triumph’ is an Israeli cultivar that will produce fruit in South Florida. Richard Lyons Nursery currently has these grafted Persimmon trees for sale.

July 16, 2023 0

Shampoo Ginger and Beehive Ginger

The true Shampoo Ginger is Zingiber zerumpet ‘Awapuhi’. The other Zingiber members are often referred to as Beehive Gingers. One in particular, Zingiber macrodenium ‘Chocolate Ball’ has a classic beehive shape. Zingiber have 3-5′ tall leafstalks which go completely dormant from fall through spring. Unlike other gingers, Zingiber flower stalks emerge directly from the rhizome…
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June 4, 2023 0