Nov. 7, Free Plant List

 In General, Growing Guides, Highlighted Products

It’s been a long summer but we’re back with what may be our best Open Greenhouse ever! It’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Neem Tree Farms, 602 Ronele Drive, Brandon, 33511. The timing is pretty strict because we have a pack of senior pups locked in the house and they can only go a limited time without making messes. If that date doesn’t work for you, we do Open Gardens most first Saturdays except for holiday weekends assuming Covid-19 is back under control.

Yes, we still have you-dig elderberry, please one per family during these crazy times. If it’s on your bucket list, be sure to bring something that holds water to transport it home and plan on planting it immediately. You’ll need something about the size of a gallon pot because the plants are spreading by suckers not seedlings.

We also have plenty of mulch and top soil to share, tons of bamboo that make great plant stakes, and a limited number of pallets and five-gallon buckets.


Candlestick senna can take over if you don’t deadhead before seeds ripen, but it’s a show-stopper that attracts cloudless sulfur butterflies year-round. We have a limited number of seedlings and lots of seeds.

ar-round after rains but tolerate extreme heat and more cold than we should ever get here. They are a threatened species in Florida but they’re easy to grow in a garden.


Plants in pots (limited quantities, swaps expected!)

Several kinds of tomatoes, including Everglades, Big Boy and Better Boy

John Starnes’ favorite red pentas

Two kinds of Florida lettuce

Milkweed (tropical for now, but native seeds are starting to come up!)

Aloe vera

You dig:

Lots of Everglade tomatoes we didn’t get around to transplanting. One flat was planted with fruit that came from a volunteer growing in full shade. Bring small pots and potting soil for them.


Surinam cherry


    Sansevieria (full sized)

    Lady palms

Crinum lily

Walking iris

       False roselle

       Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)

    Native palmetto that just popped up in the wrong spot…

    Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)

Chenille plants

Monkey Grass

Hot pink Four O’Clocks, another hummingbird attractor

    Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing!)


A wide selection of vegetable seeds shared at the last event by a generous gardener

Passion flower — fresh seeds from the most prolific vine I’ve ever seen

Daikon Radish (mooli)



Tropical milkweed

    Gallardia (blanketflower)


Parsley & Dill — plant extras for swallowtail butterflies!

Vitex — spectacular purple flowers that are magnets for butterflies and bees

Pink tabebuia

Bachelor buttons

Scorpion tail — a low-growing native that attracts all kinds of bees and small butterflies.


  Moringa — cuttings or seeds

Katuk cuttings

Fiirebush — probably my favorite plant because it’s native and blooms year-round (as long as we don’t get a freeze), attracting bees, butterflies, bird and even hummingbirds

Coral porterweed, attracts bees and hummingbirds

Brazilian red cloak

Scorpion tail, one of my favorite natives because its tiny blooms are perfect for native bees and small butterflies.

Orchid cactus

    Red and purple firespike — another hummingbird favorite that blooms all winter when they’re most likely to be hanging out in Florida

    Rangoon creeper — the only thing we grow that isn’t food for people or wildlife, but you’ll understand when you smell it!

  Cuban oregano

Bush morning glory

    Cuban buttercup (tunera)

Golden dewdrop

    Bolivian sunflower

Ever-bearing mulberry — great fun for kids and birds

Chinese Hat Plant, another cool hummingbird food

Flowering maple, also attracts hummingbirds

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