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Golden Dewdrop

Golden Dewdrop

Golden dewdrop grows fast and a little wild, with frilly purple flowers that attract butterflies and golden berry clusters so weighty they give the plant an appealing, weepy appearance. Source: South Florida Plant Guide
Alocasia

Alocasia

The alocasia plant – with its gigantic leaves and jungle look – is the ultimate in tropical in a South Florida landscape. I spotted this one peeking over the fence of the Sarasota Succulent Society on 38th Street. Alocasia’s enormous size makes it an...
White Crape Myrtle

White Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles are shrubs and small trees that have long been associated with gardening in the South. Their resistance to drought and heat, and their brilliant summer flowers make them ideal choices for easy-care gardening in hot Florida gardens. They form the...
Lantana

Lantana

Lantana is known for its rounded clusters of small, brightly-colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These butter-colored beauties grow in planters along the walkway between City Hall and the downtown bus station.
Pandora Vine

Pandora Vine

With cottage-garden appeal, pretty pandora vine – sometimes called “Bower Vine” – blooms on and off all year with the heaviest bloom in summer. The blossoms have a light sweet scent, so plant it where you can enjoy the fragrance. Source: South...
White Hibiscus

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus is one of the most commonly used Florida flowering plants, and with good reason – gorgeous blooms. There are many varieties to choose from — blossoming in red, pink, white, orange, yellow, and even violet and lavender. This beauty caught my eye on...
Yellow Geiger

Yellow Geiger

Believed to be a native of the Florida Keys, the lovely geiger tree blooms during warm weather with frilly flower clusters in vivid orange, yellow or white.This yellow geiger blossomed on the corner of Old Bradenton Road and 27th Street. I took this photo a few weeks...
Lavender Bromeliad Bloom

Lavender Bromeliad Bloom

Bromeliads are bold, stylish that have colorful, long-lasting blooms that contrast beautifully against the strappy green leaves. I found this bromeliad with its unusual lavender bloom on Alameda Avenue west of trail in north Sarasota.
Chinese Hat Plant

Chinese Hat Plant

Tall spires of beautiful blooms adorn this upright, but sprawling, bush from spring through fall. The pink calyxes and purple flowers have an unusual form and look like perched butterflies ready for flight. Chinese Hat Plant flowers hold on for weeks. This tropical...
Blue Daze

Blue Daze

Paint your garden with a nonstop wave of ocean-blue flowers atop a mound of downy blue-green foliage. Bees and butterflies love blue daze’s nectar-rich blooms and will spend hours in your garden feasting. Being a member of the morning glory family, blue daze...
White Ixora

White Ixora

The old South Florida favorite ixora is a year-round flowering plant that shouldn’t be put into the old-fashioned category. One of the best things about ixora is that it flowers throughout the year! Each flower cluster can last between 6 and 8 weeks giving your...
Dwarf Chenille

Dwarf Chenille

Dwarf chenille forms low mounded pillows of green topped with fuzzy tufts of red flowers. Happiest in part sun to part shade, dwarf chenille blossoms on and off all year, more during warmer weather. The pretty flowers stand upright and contrast well against the...