Category: Plants for Shaded Locations

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

Peacock Ginger and Dancing Ladies Ginger

Peacock Ginger (Kaempferia pulchra) is a very good ground cover for a moist shaded area. Peacock Ginger produce four-petaled lavender flowers throughout the summer, but their beautifully patterned foliage probably stands out the most. The oval leaves consist of a green background with an overlay of striking bronze or purple markings. It spreads via rhizomes…
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September 3, 2023 0

Heliconia psittacorum

This Heliconia is referred to as the Parrot’s Beak Heliconia. It is a small heliconia with very narrow leaves and relatively small flowers compared to some of the other Heliconias. There are 2 cultivars commonly grown in South Florida, ‘Lady Di’ and ‘Choconiana’. ‘Lady Di’ can attain a height of 6-8′ tall with pinkish bracts…
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July 9, 2023 0

Elephant Ear ‘Tropical Storm’

Colocasia esculenta ‘Tropical Storm’ is a very compact quick clumping elephant ear forming a dense mass of foliage which is purple black with a creamy white center. It is very attractive and would make a nice border for a shade garden or maybe a nice clump in the middle of a garden. Richard Lyons Nursery…
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March 26, 2023 0

Marlberry and Simpson’s Stopper

Two Florida natives that are categorized as small trees or large shrubs which can be grown in full sun or shaded locations. Marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides), can attain a height of 10-16′ and is found throughout central and southern Florida. It has clusters of white flowers and blooms heaviest in spring and fall, followed by clusters…
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September 25, 2022 0

Tree Philodendron and Giant Philodendron

If you have a moist shady area in your yard, and want a nice tropical look, two Philodendrons come to mind. One is the Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) and the other is the Giant Philodendron (Philodendron subincisum). The Tree Philodendron has a vertical trunk like a tree, with a nice pattern created by petiole scars…
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September 18, 2022 0