Category: Flowering Vines

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

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

Fragrance for Your Yard, Part II

We continue with our look at fragrant plants that Richard Lyons’ Nursery recommends for your yard. Acacia farnesiana – Its common name, Sweet Acacia, describes the quality of its fragrance. This native North American species, which matures slowly to about 30 ft., has a lot going for it: It is relatively pest-free. It produces puffy, golden-yellow flowers…
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May 1, 2015 0

Fragrance for Your Yard

One of the many benefits of growing tropical plants is the ability to surround oneself with species that produce a fragrance. With judicious selection, a homeowner can have something sweet-smelling in flower just about year-round and can even satisfy a preference for daytime or nighttime scents. Following is a survey of some of the fragrant…
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April 24, 2015 0