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Sea Grape

Sea Grape

Sea grape is a native plant found in coastal areas of Central and South Florida. Its bold, round, evergreen leaves and colorful fruit make it a fun choice for home gardens. Sea grape gets its common name from the clusters of red, grape-like fruits that the female...
Yellow Tabebuia

Yellow Tabebuia

You know it’s springtime when the tabebuia trees are in bloom. The beautiful bright yellow blooms are bursting out all along the Ringling Causeway and St. Armands Circle. You can see them on trees, and the shedding blooms turn yards and parking lots into a yellow...
Black Mangrove

Black Mangrove

We all know mangroves serve as habitat for crustaceans and fish, and nesting habitat for many coastal birds including brown pelicans. But let’s not forget about the bees! Black mangrove flowers produce sufficient nectar for bees and honey production. In fact,...
Gardenia

Gardenia

With the ultimate in fragrant flowers, the gardenia bush is one of South Florida’s most beloved plants, flowering profusely (more so as they mature) in spring and early summer. The luscious scent of gardenias has made the blossoms a classic favorite all over the...
Shell Ginger

Shell Ginger

Variegated ginger – also called shell ginger – dominates the tropical shade garden with striped green and yellow leaves and a wide-spreading habit. The name shell ginger refers to the flowers that appear (infrequently) in warm weather, looking like strands...
Silk Oak

Silk Oak

Reaching a height of 75 feet or more with a 25-foot spread, silk oak’s light, ferny, grey-green leaves, silvery beneath, are accented by large clusters of bright yellow-orange flowers in spring. A great quantity of leaves fall in the spring immediately preceding...
Sand Blackberry

Sand Blackberry

Sand blackberry is a Florida native with beautiful blooms that provide food for a variety of wildlife. Sand blackberry starts to bloom in late winter and slows down once the heat of summer sets in. The flowers are a very important source of nectar for bees and...
Red Fire Lettuce

Red Fire Lettuce

New Red Fire  lettuce is popular among growers for its uniformity, intense color and bolt tolerance. When it comes to scrumptious leaf lettuce, New Red Fire takes the prize for best red color, gourmet quality and exceptional bolt resistance. It forms heavy loose heads...
Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle

The crape myrtle tree gives a classic sign that summer is here as the tree bursts into bloom with huge, colorful flowers. The large, drooping flower clusters in gorgeous colors are followed by heavy seed pods that cause the branches to weep. Though its branches are...
White Morning Glory

White Morning Glory

In the early light, morning glory vines open their trumpet-shaped flowers in shades ranging from white to light blue to deep purple. The vines are prolific bloomers, providing ample blossoms to greet each morning. But individual blossoms last only a day. Sleep in late...
Perennial Peanut

Perennial Peanut

Tired of mowing? The amazingly tough perennial peanut can replace your entire lawn – or parts of it – with beauty and style. A relative of the edible peanut, this plant blankets the earth with flat-as-a-pancake foliage topped with tiny yellow flowers that...
Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia may look good, but it’s a bad choice. In fact, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has listed it as a category one invasive plant. This long-flowering plant is used in many home landscapes. People buy it for the pretty flowers with the...