Beginning on Friday November 9 and through Sunday November 11, the best plant sale of the year will take place at the 72nd Annual Ramble. Among the wide variety of plants for sale, there will be these special ones grown in Fairchild's own nursery. Included in the sale will be:
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Stephanotis floribunda, known as bridal wreath, has dark green leathery leaves which contrast with the fragrant white flowers. This species is a well behaved vine, not growing too fast or heavy and easy to keep trimmed and shaped. It should receive occasional irrigation and be kept a little drier in the winter. Stephanotis blooms nearly year round with heaviest flowering in the spring. This vine may be grown in full sun to light shade.
Zamia integrifolia, coontie, is our only native cycad. Once locally abundant in Florida, it is now uncommon and threatened by urban development. The stems, after suitable treatment, were used as a source of starch by the Seminole Indians; a small starch extraction industry was established in South Florida in the 1850s. Coontie is a small cycad, with much-branched, underground stems. The leaves are a favorite larval food for the rare Atala butterfly. It grows in full sun to light shade. New growth appears each spring, although if cut back, new leaves may be generated at any time.
Aristolochia grandiflora, known as giant pelican flower, is native to the lowlands of southern Mexico to Panama and Jamaica. One of the most incredible flowers in the world, the flowers are huge, one of the largest flowers of any New World species and deserves its name ‘grandiflora’ (large flower). Rich maroon hued blotches and veins cover the creamy white face of the flower. At the center of the blossom, a maroon bull’s-eye leads to an inflated pouch. An added adornment, a foot-long, slender tail hangs from the flower. Each trumpet-shaped flower lasts for two days. Pelican flower is the larval food plant for tropical swallowtail butterflies. This is a fast growing vine which should have some means of support. Grow in light shade.
Euphorbia leucocephala, little Christmas flower, is native to Central America. Fragrant little flowers with glistening, white bracts completely cover this shrub in December. A second flowering may occur in March. Flowering is apparently controlled by photoperiod or daylength, just like the flowering of its relative, the poinsettia. The little Christmas flower should be planted away from any outdoor lighting to insure long nights which are necessary for flowering. This shrub grows as tall as 12 feet, but may be pruned to control its height. Little Christmas flower grows and blooms best in a hot, sunny, dry location. It will not tolerate flooding.
For years I had admired this wonderful plant which bloomed continuously in a hanging basket in the display area of our conservatory. Hoya lacunosa, comes from the warmer regions of Malaysia and Indonesia. It is a plant that is ideally suited to a hanging basket in partial shade or may be planted in an oak or other good epiphyte tree in South Florida. The leaves are small, deep green and are "lacunose" which means cupped or sunken between the veins, thus giving an uneven appearance to the leaf surface. An appealing aspect of this plant is the wonderful soft scent of the flowers described by some as the fragrance found inside a florists’ refrigerator. The blooms are a tiny ball of white with a yellow center, very fuzzy and are in clusters of 15 to 20 flowers.
Licuala peltata, is native to warm moist forests of Myanmar and India. It usually forms several stems but may remain single trunked. The stem is slender, three to four inches in diameter. The beautiful leaves are three to six feet in diameter with deeply divided wedge-shaped dark green segments attached to petioles six to twelve feet long. This great length creates a large, open and nearly rounded leaf crown. While young and small, these plants would be great, indoor or patio plants for containers. This licuala should be planted in a shady, moist location.
Anthurium dombeyanum is a beautiful birds-nest anthurium native to South America.This anthurium is an Andean species ranging from central Ecuador to southern Peru. This species is recognized by its beautiful leaves with slightly wavy margins, and an interesting inflorescence with a moderately short tapered, usually purple spadix and a thick, pale pink spathe. This species has proven to be easy to grow in light shade or morning sun and is a wonderful anthurium for South Florida.
For those people who would like to plant a meadow garden, we will have a selection of native grasses including the colorful Muhlenbergia capillaris, muhly grass and Eragrostis elliottii, Elliott’s lovegrass.
|Photo by Roger Hammer|
Lantana involucrata, wild lantana or butterfly sage, is native to South Florida, the Florida Keys, the West Indies, and Tropical America. This five-foot tall shrub has soft, light green, oval leaves which give off a spicy aroma when crushed. Lightly fragrant clusters of white to pink flowers followed by pink to lavender fruit are produced year round. Wild lantana may be grown in full sun to light shade. It attracts many kinds of butterflies, including skippers, gulf fritillary and hairstreaks, which feed on the nectar. Many birds eat the fruit. Wild lantana is easy to grow and very drought tolerant.
|Photo by Roger Hammer|
Passiflora pallens, pineland passionflower, is a state listed endangered species native to some pinelands and sunny edges of hammocks in South Florida. It attracts several kinds of butterflies including Gulf frittalary, zebra longwing, and Julia. This vine grows best in a sunny location.
I will update this information as the entire sale list is completed. Please check back for updates.
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