2002 Spring Plant Sale

April 28, 2001
8:00 to 9:30 a.m. - Garden Members Only
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Open to the Public

Spring means flowers and our Spring Sale is a wonderful opportunity to purchase plants for your garden. The plants offered are all well-adapted to local growing conditions. Look for an extensive selection from the Garden¹s nurseries and local plant societies. Fairchild staff and plant society members will advise you on your selections. Highlights are described below. 

  •  Location: the Palmetum, south of the Cycad Circle.
  • Parking is available in the lowland meadows. Enter through the first driveway north of the Garden; watch for signs.
  • Your membership card must be presented before you may purchase plants from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • There will be "plant valets" to help you move your purchases to convenient plant loading areas. 
  •  You must be at the sale in person. We can not ship or hold plants for members or non-members unable to attend. 



Ficus citrifolia, short-leafed fig, is a large tree which produces fruit much sought after by birds, including cedar waxwings. (hammocks).

Thrinax morrisii, key thatch palm, is a small to medium sized palm, drought and salt tolerant. The leaves of mature plants have a slight bluish cast and silvery undersides. (coastal hammocks and pinelands in the Florida Keys).

Calyptranthes pallens, spicewood, is a small tree reaching fifteen feet, with intriguing leaves that, if crushed, emit a spicy aroma, plus white flowers, and black fruit. (hammocks).

Colubrina arborescens, greenheart, is a shrub to small tree, with rusty tomentose stems and pale yellow flowers. (coastal hammocks, occasionally pinelands).

Eugenia axillaris, white stopper, is a shrub to small tree with white flowers and black fruit. It emits the musky odor commonly associated with South Florida hammocks.(hammocks).

Hypelate trifoliata, white ironwood, is a shrub to small tree, with small white flowers and black fruits sought after by birds. It is very rare in South Florida. (pinelands and hammocks in Everglades National Park).



Myrcianthes fragrans, Simpson's stopper, is a shrub to medium sized tree with fragrant white flowers and bright red fruits, a favorite of birds. Planted in groups, this stopper makes an excellent screen. (hammocks).

Byrsonima lucida, locust berry, a shrub reaching ten feet, offers flowers ranging in color from white to red and red-brown fruit. (pinelands and coastal areas).

Capparis flexuosa, limber caper, a shrub, has showy white flowers and interesting white seeds, which emerge from opened pods. (coastal locations).

Cassia chapmanii, (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii), a favorite of butterflies, is a shrub reaching seven feet, with clusters of yellow flowers. (pinelands).

Erithalis fruticosa, black torch, is a shrub with clusters of white flowers and black fruits. (coastal locations).

Forestiera segregata, Florida privet, is a shrub reaching ten feet, with axillary pale yellow flowers. Female plants produce dark blue fruits, a favorite food for birds. (pinelands).


Jacquinia keyensis, joe-wood, is a shrub that produces delightfully fragrant flowers in summer. (pinelands and coastal keys hammocks). Shrub- left Flower detail- below

Psychotria sulzneri, velvet-leafed wild coffee, is a shrub with velvety leaves that set off clusters of greenish-white flowers and bright red fruits. (hammocks)

Reynosia septentrionalis, darling plum, is a very salt tolerant shrub to small tree which produces small black fruits. This species proved to be very wind resistant at the Garden. (coastal hammocks) 

Muhlenbergia capillaris, muhly grass, is a species 18 to 36 inches tall. It produces cloud-like purple plumes September through November. (glades prairies) 


Brassiophoenix drymophloeoides, native to rainforests of New Guinea, has interesting pinnate leaves with wedge-shaped leaflets. Mature specimens produce clusters of yellow fruits. 

Archontophoenix myolensis, a recently named species, is native to rainforest streams in Queensland, Australia, where it is considered endangered. Its blue green crownshaft holds pinnate leaves with pendulous leaflets. Showy inflorescences produce white flowers followed by bright red fruits. The myola palm should be planted in light shade or where protected from intense afternoon sun while young. Seeds were donated to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden by Chris Migliaccio, who collected them from a mature plant growing in his garden. 

Dypsis madagascariensis, formerly known as Chrysalidocarpus madagascariensis, is a handsome solitary or clustering palm reaching 30 feet tall. Clustering forms usually have two to four stems. The seven to twelve pinnate leaves in the crown hold leaflets arranged one above another in three rows. Yellow-green flowers are followed by purple fruit. In its native Madagascar, it grows in moist rainforests, semi-deciduous dry forests or in coastal areas. Due to habitat destruction and the harvesting of palm heart for food and outer wood for floorboards of houses, it is classified as rare by the IUCN. This elegant palm is adaptable to both moist and dry environments and even to forest regions near the sea.  

Thrinax excelsa, Jamaican thatch palm, has dramatic palmate fronds reaching five feet in diameter, and pink flowers with a light spicy fragrance, followed by showy clusters of white fruit. 



Petrea volubilis, known as Queen's wreath, produces masses of pale lavender flowers in early spring. Plant in an area with at least 4 hours of sun.

Jacaranda cuspidata, native to South America, blooms beautifully in our seasonally wet climate. 


Clusia lanceolata, a delightful shrub or small tree eight to ten feet tall, is native to Brazil where it grows in sandy areas adjacent to mangrove areas. Leathery, lanceolate leaves are about three inches long. Showy, waxy flowers, one to two inches across, are white with a dark red center. Small, round fruits open to expose seeds with an orange-red aril. It can be grown in a large container, or planted in full sun to light shade.  

Rondeletia leucophylla produces clusters of rosy pink flowers from December through April. In the evening the flowers produce an enticing fragrance.  

Both Brunfelsia plicata, with white flowers and Brunfelsia nitida with pale yellow flowers, send forth a spicy fragrance in the evening.  

Almost every day of the year, Medinilla cummingii is graced with either rosy-pink flowers or large clusters of dark pink to purple fruits.  

Onoseris alata, a ground cover, is beautiful with or without the vivid pink flowers produced on twelve-inch stems above dark green leaves with white lower surfaces. 

Crocosmia crocosmiflora, a spring flowering member of the iris family, sends out sprays of bright orange flowers. 


A favorite throughout the tropics, Hedychium coronarium, butterfly ginger, offers heavenly-scented white flowers throughout the rainy season. 

Cattleya 'Candy Tuft' is offered bare-root, to be planted in pots or to be tied to an appropriate host tree or mount. It will eventually produce many flowering leads with charming, powder pink three-inch flowers. These plants are provided courtesy of Kerry's Bromeliads. 


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