2007 Spring Plant Sale

April 28, 2007
9:00 to 9:30 a.m. - Garden Members Only
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Open to the Public

April brings spring flowers, occasional showers . . . and the plant sale everyone waits for. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be overflowing with treasured plants specially grown in the Garden's own nursery, and plants propagated from the Garden's own collections. Below you'll find detailed descriptions of just a few of the plants offered. Please remember: there are many plants, but quantities of each species and cultivar are limited. In addition to the Fairchild plants, there will be extensive offerings from local plant societies, which will offer both dependable favorites and fascinating new discoveries. This is the perfect place to find a special plant for your collection.With such a variety from which to choose, you'll be happy to know that Fairchild's knowledgeable staff along with enthusiasts from local plant societies will be on hand to help you make your selections. They'll also provide culture and care information to ensure that your choices thrive in our sometimes challenging South Florida environment.

Plant societies participating in the 2007 Spring Sale include:

  • American Bamboo Society
  • American Bougainvillea Society
  • Bromeliad Society of South Florida
  • Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society
  • Heliconia Society of South Florida
  • Horticulture Study Society
  • Orchid Society of Coral Gables
  • Rare Fruit Council International
  • South Florida Cactus & Succulent Society
  • Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
  • South Florida Palm Society

There will be plant valets, but you may want to bring a wagon or cart as well. As always, Garden members have the advantage of early admittance. From 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., members have the first chance to make their selections. If you are hoping to take home a rare, unusual or one-of-a-kind plant, you'll want to plan an early start. If you have friends or family members who are not Garden members, this would be an advantageous time for them to join. For membership information, call 305-667-1651, ext. 3331 or join online.

  • 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 9 to 9:30 a.m. 
  • 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. 
  • You must be at the sale in person. We cannot ship or hold plants for members or non-members unable to attend.

The 2007 Spring Sale plants grown by Fairchild will emphasize butterfly and bird attracting species. The Lisa Anness Butterfly Garden is an example of what can be done to become a haven for wildlife. We have grown several species which provide nectar for butterflies or food for the larvae of butterflies. 

Among the butterfly plants for sale will be:

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Asclepias curassavica, milkweed, is a magnet for the beautiful Monarch and Queen butterflies. The orange and yellow flowers provide nectar for the adults and the leaves provide food for the larvae.



Aster dumosus, rice button aster, is a beautiful native wildflower that is a nectar plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Once established, this aster will re-appear in your garden year after year.



Buddleja davidii, butterfly bush, is a shrub 6-12' tall with lance-shaped leaves on arching stems. Showy, fragrant, purple flowers are produced in cone-shaped clusters 8-12" long, sometimes in such profusion that the branches arch more, and give the plant a weeping habit. Flowers are present from spring through fall. This plant is a must have for anyone who wants to attract butterflies. Grow in full sun; pinch off old flower clusters. In south Florida, this species should be cut back severely 2-3 times a year.

Chromolaena odorata, Jack-in-the-bush, is a shrub native to south Florida. Clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in the late summer-fall. In Fairchild, our Jack-in-the-bush has attracted Long Tailed Skipper and Horace's Duskywing and Atala butterflies. 


Cordia globosa, butterfly sage, a shrub to small tree, is also native to south Florida. The small, cup-shaped white flowers attract numerous butterflies, including Gulf Frittalary, Atala, Hairstreaks, Ruddy Daggerwing, and skippers and other insects as well. With so much insect activity, birds, including warblers, come to feed on the insects. Fruit-eating birds are attracted to the small, bright red fruit. The butterfly sage is a wildlife magnet! 


We have a large selection of Anthurium, including Anthurium watermaliense, A. crenatum, A. atropurpureum var. arenicola. All of these species grow well in our soils.   



Acalypha 'Inferno' is a shrub reaching 12 feet tall. 'Inferno' refers to the incredibly bright colors of its small leaves, which include pink, red, maroon, purple, orange and yellow. In full sun, the colors become even more vivid. This shrub provides year-round color in the landscape. Lightly tip prune branches to create a compact shrub.



Clerodendrum thomsoniae 'Delectum', red bleeding heart vine, has a red flower with a lavender bract behind it. This is one of the few vines that will bloom well in the shade. Our plant at Fairchild flowers all year with heaviest bloom during spring. Leaves are dark green and heart-shaped. The red bleeding heart vine may be planted on a trellis, next to a tree or could be trimmed as a shrub without any support. It may be grown where the plant will get morning sun, lightly shaded or in total shade.