Category: Ground Covers

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Mimosa strigillosa

Mimosa strigillosa (Powderpuff or Sensitive Plant) is a wonderful groundcover which is relatively drought tolerant. It is native to Miami-Dade County and most of the counties north of Lake Okeechobee. The name ‘powderpuff’ is derived from the shape of its pink flowers resembling a powderpuff. The ‘sensitive plant’ comes from the fact its fern-like leaves…
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October 17, 2021 0

Arachis glabrata

A ground cover worth trying is Perennial Peanut. There are two species on the market. Arachis pintoi and Arachis glabrata. The former is a faster growing species with fleshier more tender leaves and rhizomes. This species will cover a large area in a relatively short period of time, but it is more tender and will…
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August 1, 2021 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Two new groundcover plants to try at Richard Lyons Nursery. The first is a native in the Aster Family (Asteraceae), Florida Cinchweed (Pectis linearifolia). It has very delicate foliage and tiny yellow flowers. It is a fast grower and can tolerate partial shade. The second plant, Spanish Shawl (Heterocentron elegans) is related to Tibouchina, and…
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September 20, 2020 0

Ground Covers: Some Midsummer Recommendations

Perhaps you have an area in your yard that can’t readily be mowed. Or maybe you’re just tired of mowing at all. Then consider replacing grass with attractive, flowering ground covers. Here is a sampling of suitable species being grown at Richard Lyons’ Nursery: Perennial Peanut, Arachis pintoi and Arachis glabrata: According to Florida’s Institute of Food…
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July 15, 2017 0

A Ficus You’ll Love to Have Around

In our part of the world, the genus Ficus has gotten a rather mixed reputation, primarily because some of its species have aggressive root systems than can raise sidewalks, crack foundations and clog underground pipes. Fortunately, not all of the 800 or so Ficus species pose such risks. One that is especially useful in the landscape…
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August 5, 2016 0