Category: Herbaceous Plants

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

Under The Jakfruit Tree

This week’s highlight is on 2 grasses that resemble bamboo, but are in fact true grasses. The first is Pogo Grass (Pogonatherum paniceum). This is a clumping grass with very delicate stalks forming an umbrella shape 2-3 feet tall. Pogon is greek for beard, which its fine dense appearance resembles. This grass can be used…
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August 15, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

One of the most vexing problems for gardeners everywhere is how to deal with the areas of their property in which there is not enough light for turfgrass to grow.  In the southern U.S., St. Augustine grass outperforms other turfgrasses in terms of shade tolerance, but eventually it, too, becomes sparse as lighting decreases.  Rather…
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August 9, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

White Bird of Paradise Tree (Strelitzia nicolai) and Orange Bird of Paradise Plant (Strelitzia reginae) are this weeks highlighted plants. I think most people are familiar with the 3-4′ clumping orange bird of paradise plant. However, its close relative, the white bird of paradise tree, probably is not as well known. The white bird of…
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August 1, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

There are many species in the Genus Costus. These are commonly referred to as New World Gingers, Spiral Gingers, Crepe Gingers, Button Gingers, and even Step Ladder Gingers. They aren’t related to the Old World Gingers of which a few species give us the edible ginger root which we use in cooking. They do give…
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July 12, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Begonia’s in the landscape make excellent border plants for a shady moist location. Also, there are some stand alone clumping Angel Wing Begonia’s, that bloom continuously and can attain a height of 4-5 feet. Richard Lyons nursery has several in stock. Below are some photos of these plants in the landscape.


March 15, 2020 0