Spring Plant Sale Tips
- Download the Spring Plant Sale brochure containing plant care information as well as information about what to do during the Spring Garden Festival.
- There are many plants, but quantities of each species are limited.
- There will be plant valets, but you are encouraged to bring a wagon or cart.
- Those who bring their own plant cart will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a plant; three winners will be chosen.
- If you are hoping to take home a rare, unusual or one-of-a-kind plant, you will want to plan an early start.
- Parking is available in the Lowland Parking Field. Enter through "North Entrance"; watch for signs.
- There will be "plant valets" to help you move your purchases to convenient plant loading areas but you may want to bring a wagon or cart as well.
- Bring your own cart to enter a raffle where three lucky winners will take home a gorgeous South Florida landscape plant grown by Fairchild horticulturalists!
- Unfortunately, we cannot ship or take orders for plants.
A Selection of Spring Plant Sale Plants
Fairchild will be overflowing with treasured plants specially grown in our nursery and plants propagated from the Garden's own collections. There will also be extensive offerings from local plant vendors who offer both dependable favorites and fascinating new discoveries. Here are but a few from the myriad selection you can expect!
Coccoloba pubescens is the larger leafed relative of our native seagrape. Native to the Caribbean and tolerant of coastal conditions, the impressive foliage can grow to three feet in diameter. The large round leaves are red when young and grow perpendicular to its upright branches creating a sparse, spreading canopy. Plant it in well-drained soil. It is cold sensitive and can tolerate full sun with a midday siesta. (Found in Plot 25)
Salmea petrobioides, A shrub from the Bahamas with pleasantly fragrant purplish to off-white flowers. Salmea petrobioides, in the aster family, blooms March or April. These plants were grown from cuttings from parent plant collected by Jason Lopez during a March 2012, Bahamas expedition.
Baccharis dioica, a 3- to 6-foot shrub with small, closely packed leaves is known as hammock groundsel. It once was found in South Florida, but is now believed to be extirpated in the wild, although it also is native to the West Indies and southern Mexico. Hammock groundsel produces clusters of fragrant, white flowers with distinctive yellow stamens from August through November which attract several kinds of butterflies, including Cassius blue and hairstreaks. Salt tolerant.(Found in Plots 43, 50)
Pavonia bahamensis, from the Bahamas, is a shrub to 15' tall. A member of the hibiscus family, it produces small, nectar-filled, yellow-green flowers that hummingbirds find hard to resist. This shrub is best grown in full sun to very light shade. In the Bahamas, pollinators of Pavonia are Bananaquits and Bahama Woodstars. In South Florida, ruby-throated and rufous hummingbirds are the most commonly seen species that visit Pavonia.
Gynura aurantiaca, purple velvet plant, this member of the aster famly is native to Java. Low-growing (1-2 feet), Gynura aurantiaca prefers part-sun. Foliage is velvety with densely hairs on its leaves and stems. The purple color intensifies in brighter light. It may be grown in the ground or in a container. Use a 15-5-15 fertilizer to supply needed potassium; pinch to prevent sprawling and legginess.
Dictyosperma album, called the princess palm or hurricane palm because it can withstand hurricane force winds. The palm may grow in full sun to a height of 30 feet. Dictyosperma album is from the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, where it is nearly extinct. This is a monotypic genus with gracefully curving fronds. There are several subspecies, but all require moisture and do not tolerate frost.
Hibiscus poeppigii, Poeppig’s rosemallow, is an endangered species native to southernmost Florida. A medium to large wildflower, it may be found in Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park, in rocky barrens in Monroe County, Mexico, Guatemala and the West Indies. It is cold sensitive, but salt tolerant and once-established, drought tolerant. It produces small pendant red flowers throughout the year. Grow in full to partial sun.
Euphorbia punicea, The flame of Jamaica is endemic to that island. A large shrub or small tree, it grows from 6 to 15 feet. It blooms all year with large showy red bracts and golden yellow flowers that bees love. Dark green foliage grows in tufts at the ends of the branches. It likes full sun and moderate amounts of water. Elsewhere, this plant is called the Jamaican poinsettia.
Microgramma heterophylla is a small creeping/climbing native fern that climbs on trees and walls. It has two kinds of fronds: sterile for clasping and longer fertile fronds. At the base of a shading oak, it will climb up but requires water. This fern is endangered and remains in but a few areas on South Florida.
Ctenitis sloanei, is the only tree fern native to the continental United States. Called the lace fern, it stays small, with its trunk reaching to 3 or 4 and may be as wide as it is tall. It is a Florida endangered species. It requires moist to wet soils in light to medium shade. Our plants were propagated from those in the Sunken Garden collected from the Everglades in the 1980s.