I know some of you have been waiting since last season ended. The wait is finally over. The jackfruit is back, and we have a beautiful fruit this year.
If you aren’t familiar with jackfruit, this is a tropical treasure. It has a unique flavor somewhere between banana and pineapple mixed with other tropical notes of flavor. The spiny fruits are spectacular in size and can get upwards of 70 pounds.
For a really unique experience, come by Richard Lyons Nursery in Miami today and buy some jackfruit for a taste of this Asian treasure.
Just a quick note about two popular Croton varieties. Croton is the common name of a shrub that has hundreds of hybrids and cultivars. It is a member of the Euphorbiaceae Family which is a large family of plants, with all having white latex sap. I am only going to mention Codiaeum variegatum ‘Dreadlocks’ and ‘King of Siam’. They both have long twisting cascading leaves of many colors. ‘Dreadlocks’ has more red in the leaves and a splotchy pattern. ‘King of Siam’ is predominately green and yellow, and more well defined spots.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has both of these cultivars in stock.
The Spider Lily (Hymenocallis latifolia) is a Florida native in the Amaryllis Family (Amaryllidaceae). It is a true bulb which is drought tolerant as well as salt spray tolerant. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It has dark green strap like leaves that are 2-3 feet in length, but it is grown for its showy white fragrant lily flowers that bloom in the summer and fall. The flowers have long sepals that hang down giving the appearance of a spider.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this plant in stock.
Just a little blurb about a tree that until today, I was not aware was in Richard Lyons Nursery’s inventory. When I was looking for a tree for a customer, I noticed clusters of red berries on a couple of small trees. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered two Dahoon Holly trees (Ilex cassine) in 7 gallon containers. This native holly, virtually occurs statewide with the exception of the Florida Keys. It grows in wet shady sites and is moderately salt tolerant. This tree can reach 20-30 feet with an 8-12 foot spread, but usually is much smaller as a landscape tree. The bright red holly berries are quite conspicuous, ripening in fall and persisting throughout the winter.
With the amount of berries present on these 2 trees in the nursery, we will be planting them, so Richard Lyons Nursery can have small plants to select from in the near future.
Two new groundcover plants to try at Richard Lyons Nursery. The first is a native in the Aster Family (Asteraceae), Florida Cinchweed (Pectis linearifolia). It has very delicate foliage and tiny yellow flowers. It is a fast grower and can tolerate partial shade. The second plant, Spanish Shawl (Heterocentron elegans) is related to Tibouchina, and when you see the flower, it is quite apparent. While this plant is not a native, it is a low growing free flowering groundcover in the Melastome Family (Melastomaceae). Another fast grower, and a very attractive plant for a hanging basket.
Skyblue Clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos) is a native to South Florida occurring in Collier, Monroe, Dade, and Broward counties. It is a member of the Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae). It is a perennial woody vine with very tiny leaves and flowers. While the flowers are small, they are bright blue with white centers, born in abundance year round contrasting against the dark green foliage making them very conspicuous. The flowers are an excellent pollen and nectar source for honey bees and skipper butterflies.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this vine in stock.