June Free Plants
Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
602 Ronele Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
Join our friendly garden group for Open Greenhouse and Plant Swap at Neem Tree Farms, held most first Saturdays of the month. This list is what we have — but you never know what other people will bring to swap! (If you don’t have anything, don’t worry. We all started with empty gardens too.)
They’re not exactly plants, but they’re great in gardens. We have a limited number of used wooden pallet and empty five-gallon buckets. The buckets need cleaning but they held neem oil or skincare products, so they’re totally non-toxic for use in your own garden. We also have giant piles of mulch and topsoil to share, thanks to the tree-trimmers who drop it in the yard for us.
Now onto the plants, starting with what’s in bloom now.
Amazon lilies, easy to grow in shade
Native elderberry — yes, it’s what you use to make jams, wine and gummy bears. Please two cuttings per family!
Sweet almond (not native but covered in bees)
Ever-bearing mulberry, covered in flowers and fresh fruit
Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Orchid cactus
Native yellow canna
Lemongrass (also seeds)
Papalo, a heat-loving alternative to cilantro
Callisia fragrans, aka headache plant or basket plant
Sansevieria (full sized, please plant in pots not the ground!)
Walking iris (just the yellow but I’d love to trade someone for the purple!)
Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)
Native palmetto that just popped up in the wrong spot…
Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)
Hot pink Four O’Clocks, another hummingbird attractor
Wild pineapple, spectacular flowers and edible fruit, but very prickly so bring protective clothing!
Tunera (Cuban buttercup)
Native wild coffee, provides gorgeous color even in deep shade
John Starne’s favorite red pentas
Bush morning glory
Devil’s backbone, no wildlife value but a cool looking plant
Scorpion tail — a low-growing native that attracts all kinds of bees and small butterflies, also cuttings and you-dig
Pepperweed, an edible native plant that’s sometimes confused with a weed