Month: October 2018

Zamia: Cardboard palm

Zamia (Zamia furfuracea) is a cycad, one of the most ancient of plant species. This particular cycad is native to parts of Mexico and Veracruz and has become a favorite in Florida. This plant grows very slowly and has leaves that radiate from a small central trunk. The zamia usually reaches a maximum height of […]

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White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai), stands out with its large leaves and exotic flower. It grows in a clumping form and is one of the most unique tropical plants seen in the Florida landscape. Resembling a banana plant, there is nothing formal about the White Bird of Paradise. It is often seen and observed […]

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The elegant palm that can be used for making jam

The Sylvester date palm tree, also known as the phoenix sylvestris, is one of the most popular palm trees in the world. This luxurious tree is often used for renowned golf courses, tropical hotels, along major highways and can be used on larger home lots where there is room for a true statement palm. The […]

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Prickly pear cactus: Tortoise candy

The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.) is from the cactaceae family and is native to Florida and the deserts of the American Southwest. Although they look like they only belong in the deserts, there is a variety that loves the sandy shores of our island beaches. They are highly drought tolerant of course, but also […]

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Tillandsia: Air plant

Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the pineapple family Bromeliaceae. They are native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America, the southern United States and the West Indies. They have naturally been established in diverse environments such as equatorial tropical rain forests, high […]

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In The Garden Spirit Tree Benefits Captains for Clean Water

In The Garden – Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom has planted a spirit tree that benefits local non-profits.   The Olive tree was chosen because it represents love and charity.    Spirit tree donations from October 10-31 will benefit Captains for Clean Water. Canvas spirit tree tags can be purchased at the garden center gift […]

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