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In the Garden: Foxtail palm

The foxtail palm (Wodyetia bifurcate) is the epitome of a true specimen palm. The foxtail being the only species in its genus Wodyeti, this palm claims a name for itself by its unique nomenclature and origin story. Originally found in the Australian outback, the tree gained its botanical name from an aboriginal man who stumbled […]

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Caladiums – My Summer Color

Caladiums are one type of plant that do very well in hot, wet Florida. Planted as either tubers in spring or fully leafed out plants in summer, they are so easy to grow. The best part is once planted in the ground, they will come up year after year as soon as summer turns on […]

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Bananas

What could be more tropical than growing your own bananas? In our sub-tropical paradise, growing this luscious fruit is generally easy. There are two species of banana, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, and most banana cultivars are hybrids of these species. The many cultivars produce fruit in a wide array of taste, size and quality. […]

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Tropical Sage is Perfect for an Island Butterfly Garden

Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea) is a vibrant Florida native perfect for an island butterfly garden and an interesting addition to any native landscape in south Florida. Tropical Sage, also known as Blood Sage or Scarlet Sage is a red flowering sage species that thrives in full sun, well-drained soil, is drought tolerant and grows best […]

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Staghorn Fern – Vegetated Art

The Staghorn Fern is a tropical plant native to the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Madagascar, Africa, and America.   Mainly known for their growth in northern Florida they can also thrive in Southwest Florida, with the most common type for our area being the (Platycerium superbum).   Known for their artistic look with their two distinctive […]

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Blue Porterweed is a Butterfly Attractant

Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta cayennensis) is part of the Verbenaceae family. The bright green leaves have a quilt-like appearance and a toothed leaf margin. Small deep blue to purple flowers appear starting at the bottom of the bloom spike and extending up towards the top of the spike over time. The purple blooms appear throughout the […]

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Powderpuffs in Paradise

The Powderpuff tree (Calliandra haematocephala) is a small ornamental tree blooming with a variety of colors ranging from red, pink to white with striking brilliant powder puffs. The flowers appear on and off all year but tend to bloom more in the summer months. The hardy branches create an interesting crown of the tree. Forming […]

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Mexican flame vine – ole!

The Mexican flame vine (Senecio confuses) is a prolific bloomer and quite the rambler. This plant is a Central American native from Mexico to Honduras, so of course it loves the hot climate of Southwest Florida. With lovely dark green foliage it climbs, winds and rambles over any fence, trellis, arbor or anything else it […]

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Black-Eyed Susan Attracts Butterflies

Black-eyed Susan (Rudebeckia hirta var.floridana) is a species in the Rudbeckia family found throughout Florida in the sandhills, Flatwoods, and disturbed areas. This wildflower species is characterized by its compound flower head consisting of many long yellow ray florets with a dark brown center. Depending on the conditions this species can perform as a short-lived […]

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Beauty queen of the butterfly garden

With such an intriguing name, the golden dewdrop (Duranta erecta) sounds magical, and its beauty is a tell-tale sign for that. If given proper love and attention, the Florida shrub can bring a touch of elegance anywhere its planted. Violet blooms and golden berries encompass this wild plant, often appearing at the same time to […]

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