Members' Day Plant Sale at Fairchild

Members' Day Plant Sale at Fairchild

When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 10:30 AM to Sunday, October 4, 2015 5:30 PM

Exclusively For Fairchild Members

Welcome to the 77th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale and Plant Distribution. This annual celebration of plants grown exclusively by Fairchild for Members promises to be one of the most exciting in our historyThe Bird Festival is held in conjunction with the plant sale, making it a uniquely special weekend of plants, birds, and learning fun!

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General Information

  • The Members' Day Plant Sale is for Fairchild Members only.
  • Join today to attend the Members' Day Plant sale.    
  • Parking is available in the Lowlands Parking Field. Please enter through the North Entrance and watch for signs and staff directions. There will be shuttle service from the Lowlands Parking Field and the Visitor Center parking lot to the plant sales area. 
  • Parking in the lowlands opens at 7:30 a.m. You line up at Cycad Vista until the sale opens at 9:30 a.m. 
  • You must show your membership card to purchase Sale and Distribution Plants.
  • Each membership may purchase up to four Distribution Plants (limit one per species). 
  • Distributions Plants will be located in numerical order according to their placement on the Distribution Plant List (see below) and are handed out to Members by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
  • You may purchase an unlimited number of Sale Plants, except for those plants with blue tags, which are limited to one per species.
  • We strongly suggest that you bring a container, wagon or cart to carry your purchases to your vehicle.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot pre-sell, ship or hold plants for Members unable to attend.

In the days prior to the Members' Day Plant Sale and Plant Distribution, you might want to visit Fairchild to take a look at examples of the Distribution Plants. Their locations in the Garden are mentioned at the end of each description. We will also be setting up the sale area in the Palmetum during the week before the sale to give our Members time to browse the selection. 

Fairchild's Plot Map

Fairchild’s plant collections are planted in plots, and the plots are part of the Garden's overall design. At the end of each plant description, we list the plot location so you may look at mature examples of the plants we are offering at the sale.  For ease, we've also included a nearby landmark location for each plant.

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2015 Distribution Plants

The Distribution Plants have been grown in larger quantities than the Sale Plants and are carefully grown for you. While you may purchase up to four of the Distribution Plants (one per species), there will be many other plants for sale. Plan an early start: lines form quickly, and while we have a good supply, it is not endless. Staff members and knowledgeable volunteers will be available to advise you on site selection, planting and growing these very special plants.

1. Acrostichum aureum
, golden leather fern, is a robust fern that grows in mangrove swamps, coastal hammocks and wetlands in South Florida and tropical regions worldwide. This large fern can grow 4-6 feet tall. Long, pinnate, leathery fronds stand nearly erect toward the center of the plant and arch around the perimeter. Fronds of widely-spaced, alternate leaves are paler on the underside, with the fertile underside of the uppermost leaves obtaining a brown suede-like appearance as the sporangia mature. Plant this impressive species in sun or shade where it will get plenty of water. 

Price: $10
Location: Plot 159

2. Anthurium magnificum is a magnificent aroid, as the name would suggest, native to Colombia. Grown for its foliage, this Anthurium has large, velvety, heart-shaped leaves with silvery venation, that gracefully sit 2-3 feet off the ground atop quadrangular, squared petioles with winged edges. New growth emerges reddish-brown and, when flowering, a thin spathe with a long, thin, arching spadix emerges above the leaves. It is generally grown terrestrially but can be grown as an epiphyte. Plant in moist soil in filtered light or shade. 

Price: $12
Location: Rare Plant House and Tropical Plant Conservatory and Plot 131

3. Archontophoenix myolensis is a rare and endangered palm endemic to the mountain streams and rivers of Queensland, Australia where it is extremely threatened by habitat loss. Myola king palm is a beautiful solitary palm with a straight, ringed trunk topped by a prominent bright green crownshaft and pinnate fronds. Fronds are made up of pendent leaflets with silvery undersides that grow in a single plane along the rachis, which twists in the middle, changing the angle of the leaf. Inflorescences of creamy white flowers ripen to red fruits that grow in branched clusters at the base of the crownshaft. Plant it as an ornamental palm or for the sake of saving the species. Water regularly and plant in full sun where it can grow to over 40 feet tall. 

Price: $15
Location: Plot 86

4. 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. 

Price: $15
Location: Plot 25

5. Coccothrinax argentata is called silver palm due to the silvery underside of its palmate leaves. These palms were grown from seeds wild collected in the Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera in 2012, where they grow along the coasts in palm forests, but the native range includes South Florida. Compared to the Florida form, the Bahamian trunks are thicker and leaves are a little heavier and seem to have a slightly blue tinge to them. This solitary palm will slowly grow to an eventual 20 feet tall. Salt tolerant and drought tolerant, plant this palm in full sun with good drainage or in a large container. 

Price: $12
Location: Bailey Palm Glade and Plots 107, 12, 135, 137, 139, 142a, 150a, 150b, 161, 176a, 176b, 97b

6. Epiphyllum phyllanthus is one of only three cacti known to be located in the rainforest of the Amazon basin. Two- to three-inch-wide flat stems, rather than leaves, carry out photosynthesis. Long tubular flowers may grow out of the nodes, but are rare and typically last only for one night. This epiphytic cactus is easy to grow attached to a tree or in a hanging pot. Full to partial sun.

Price: $15
Location: Not located in the Garden

7. Juanulloa mexicana, commonly known as gold finger, is an ever-blooming, vining shrub adorned with leathery, ovate leaves along its many arching branches. Blooms appear at the tips of branches, each consisting of a bright yellow-orange hexagonal calyx enclosed around a protruding burnt-orange, tubular flower. The bright, waxy calyx persists long after the flower, extending the ornamental period of the bloom cycle. Gold finger is an epiphyte but can be planted in well-drained soil, reaching eight to ten feet tall with a wider spread. This fast grower native to Central and South America should be planted in full sun to filtered light. Attracts hummingbirds. 

Price: $12
Location: Plots 130, 132, 133

8. Passiflora multiflora is an endangered, semi-woody passionflower vine native to the Florida Keys. The mother plant was wild-collected from Northern Key Largo in the 1990s. Plant this climbing vine for its beautiful foliage rather than its inconspicuous clusters of little white and yellow flowers. The alternate ovate leaves and young stems are covered in tiny hairs making them soft to the touch. Like other Passiflora species it is a larval host plant for Julia, Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwing butterflies. Plant it in moist, well-drained limestone soil in light shade to full sun.

Price: $15
Location: Not located in the Garden

9. Pilea fairchildiana is an unusual succulent restricted to the Constanza Mountains of the Dominican Republic. It was reclassified in 2012 from the genus Sarcopilea to Pilea and named in honor of Dr. David Fairchild and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This clustering plant has large succulent leaves arranged in rosettes on terminal stem branches and can be either male or female. Pilea fairchildiana is easy to cultivate in our South Florida climate and has great ornamental potential. It grows well in both pots and in the ground. Currently a single male plant grows on the rocky east-facing edges of the Garden’s “Overlook.” 

Price: $15 large, $12 small
Location: Plot 21

10. Platycerium coronarium is an attractive staghorn fern native to Southeast Asia and the Philippines. This epiphyte has light green forward-arching shield fronds and pendent, forked fertile fronds. It should be attached to a tree trunk or mounted. It is unique among staghorns in that is forms pups along the branching rhizome, on the same level as the original plant, eventually encircling the tree like a crown. This staghorn fern is moderately challenging to establish and should be grown in low light or partial shade. Allow the backing to dry out completely between waterings to avoid rot.

Price: $20
Location: Not accessioned

2015 Sale Plants

In addition to the Distribution Plants, the following specially selected Sale Plants represent just a sample of the more than 130 species of plants available for purchase. Most may be purchased in whatever quantities you wish. It is first-come, first-serve, so please consider alternatives. The Sale Plants are available in smaller quantities than the Distribution Plants described above. In addition, there will be many other species at the sale not mentioned here.

 Clusia orthoneura
is a shrub native to Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. Thick, narrow leaves grow along smooth, round branches that send down aerial roots creating an intricate latticework. Exquisite, waxy 6-petaled flowers bloom throughout the year in hues from bubblegum pink to orangey-red. This Clusia can grow to eight feet tall and is intolerant of frost, so plant in a protected location. It should be grown in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade or as an ornamental in a container in indirect or filtered light.

Location: Plot 128d outside Conservatory

 Copernicia baileyana
, the Bailey palm, is a statuesque palm endemic to Cuba, where it grows in savanna and dry woodland areas. This slow-growing palm is one of Fairchild’s most admired palms, first offered as a distribution plant in 1967. The smooth, columnar trunk can grow more than 30 feet tall and two feet or more in diameter. The large, pleated palmate fronds span five feet or more across and form a rounded crown atop the trunk. The Bailey palm should be grown in full sun and appreciates moist, well-drained soil and palm fertilizer. Plant it where it will have the space to attain its potential majesty for future generations to enjoy.

Location: Plots 77, 78, 80, 115, 150a & b Bailey Palm Glade planters, 162, 169

Erythrochiton brasiliensis
is a unique upright shrub native to Brazil. A slow grower, it can reach six feet tall. Long, dark green leaves grow upright at the top of the vertical branches creating a slender, elegant plant. Clusters of ghostly white flowers with red calyxes emerge from the shadows beneath the foliage. New leaves are a pale mauve. This narrow plant will easily fit into your landscape in a location with partial sun or filtered light.

Location: Plots 39, 132, 133, 152
Arielle's Top Choice

 Monocostus uniflorus
is a low-growing member of the ginger family native to Northern Peru. Small, dark green leaves alternate along spindly green stems. During the summer months, spiraling buds open into graceful, yellow, disc-like flowers that shimmer in the light. Plant this in partial shade or filtered light in moist, well-drained soil or in a hanging basket.

Location: Conservatory

Pimenta racemosa
, lemon-scented bay rum tree, is closely related to allspice. It is a medium-sized tree reaching 25 feet at maturity. It is native to Jamaica and tropical America. The leathery, dark green leaves emit a wonderful, lemony, bay rum scent when crushed. The trunk and main branches have exfoliating bark, which exposes lighter-hued inner bark. White flowers are followed by black, oblong, inedible (to humans) berries. The plants grown for this sale were propagated from seeds collected from our lemon-scented bay rum tree. About fifty percent of the trees will be lemon-scented; the remaining trees are the true bay rum. Grow  in full sun to light shade. 

Location: Plots 3a, 17, 41a, 45, 46, 55a, 57a, 66, 74, 158, Wings of the Tropics

 Portlandia proctorii
, crimson Portlandia, is endemic to the limestone cliffs of St. Catherine Parrish, Jamaica. This tidy shrub grows up to eight feet tall and five feet wide. The glossy leaves provide a perfect frame for the numerous, tubular crimson flowers which have white stripes inside their corollas. This shrub is easy to grow in our South Florida soils and blooms year-round. Plant crimson Portlandia where it will receive full sun for about half the day.

Location: Plots 8, 19a, 44

Senna polyphylla
, known as desert cassia or twin senna, is a supreme butterfly attractor native to the Caribbean. It is drought tolerant and excels under the toughest growing conditions.  Canary yellow flowers cover each branch, setting the shrub aglow with color.  It blooms most of the year, heaviest during South Florida’s dry season.  Tiny leaves and interesting gnarled branches create a delicate appearance.  The desert cassia is a specimen plant deserving enough space in the garden to show off its wonderful form.  This slow growing shrub or small tree grows eight to twelve feet tall.  Plant in full to partial sun.

Location: Plots 19b Butterfly Garden, 17, 51

 Stemmadenia littoralis
, the Milky Way tree or lecheso, is a perfect small tree for Florida landscapes. It is native to Central America where it grows in full to partial sun. The finely textured, light-colored bark is an attractive contrast to the deep green leaves. Milky white, pinwheel flowers with glowing yellow throats appear year-round. A delicate fragrance surrounds the tree, evoking early-morning freshness. Tolerant of coastal conditions, this tree should be planted in well-drained soil. Grows to about 20 feet tall.

Location: Plot 47

Verschaffeltia splendida
, the Seychelles stilt palm, is the only species in its genus and is known especially for its remarkable aerial stilt roots that support the slender base of the trunk.  It has large leaves with two lobes at the end.  The leaves are mostly undivided, but are sometimes split by the wind.  When young, the trunk and leaf stalks have rings of downward pointing spines.  It can grow to 80 feet tall, but is usually considerably shorter.  Plant in an area with moist, well-drained soil, sheltered from the wind. This species was last year’s Directors Pick.

Location: Conservatory

 Zamia vazquezii
 is an unusual cycad from Mexico. Soft leaflets with serrated margins form leaves one to two feet long. The soft, shiny, bronze-colored new growth provides an eye-catching contrast to the mature green leaves. Female plants produce brown cones filled with red fruit. Fast growing and spineless, this attractive cycad grows best in a lightly shaded, dry location, or even indoors. The larvae of the rare Atala butterfly also feed on this species. 

Location: Plots 132, 142, 149