Category: Florida Natives

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

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

Under The Jakfruit Tree

With the decline of citrus trees in back yards, the giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) could be in jeopardy, as it relies on citrus trees to lay its eggs on. Fortunately, any member of the citrus family (Rutaceae) will suffice. One such member is the native wild lime tree (Zanthoxylum fagara). It looks more like…
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February 16, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

The life cycle of the Atala Butterfly (Eumaeus atala), also known as the Coontie Hairstreak. This butterfly is native to southeastern Florida and the Caribbean Islands. In the state of Florida it is still considered endangered due to loss of habitat and to some extent loss of its host plant, Zamia integrifolia (Coontie). First, in…
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October 19, 2019 0

Autograph Tree or Pitch Apple (Clusia rosea)

In 1898, the United States became embroiled in the Spanish-American War. President William McKinley, eager to assess the relative strengths of the Spanish forces and Cuban insurgents, wanted to send a message to General Calixto Garcia, who was somewhere in the mountains of eastern Cuba. Col. Arthur Wagner, head of the Bureau of Military Intelligence,…
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October 22, 2018 0

Shrubbery Recommendations for Screening

With winter quickly receding into the background, we turn our attention to a subject of perennial interest: how to develop foliar barriers. You may want to cover up a fence or a building, create the illusion of size by installing circuitous pathways, or simply enhance privacy. In our subtropical world, there are many species that…
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April 7, 2018 0