Category: Flowering Vines

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

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 grows well in South Florida.  It grows well on a trellis in full sun and…
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October 18, 2015 0

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 for P. incarnata is ocoee, a name also given to the Ocoee River of the…
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September 18, 2015 0

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 well. In the United States, there are species as far west as California and as…
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September 11, 2015 0

Aristolochia (Dutchman’s Pipe or Pipe Vines)

Aristolochia, is a genus of woody vines commonly called, Dutchman’s Pipe or Pipe Vines.  This is due to the shape of the flower resembling a pipe in many species.  It is also called Calico Flower, because the pattern on the flower resembles calico fabric. Many butterfly enthusiasts in South Florida grow this vine for the larval…
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June 14, 2015 0

Fragrance for Your Yard, Part III

Here is the third installment of our series on fragrant shrubs and trees growing at Richard Lyons’ Nursery. Buddleja madagascariensis – The Madagascar Butterfly Bush is endemic to its namesake country. It grows informally, usually to about 13 ft., but can exceed that height. However, it can be successfully pinched back, or even cut back hard, to encourage branching…
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May 8, 2015 0