Nov. 7, Free Plant List

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It’s been a crazy 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, a giant wheelbarrow filled with slightly used perlite, stacks of buckets for planting or storage, and a limited number of pallets.


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.


We’re doing the plant swap a little differently this time out. We have lots of seedlings growing in flats, you-dig seedlings or seeds for all these plants, but we also have some potted plants left over from a crazy summer. They’re $3 each or two for $5.

Plants in pots

Everglade tomatoes, also seedlings in flats for free

Ever-bearing mulberries, also east-to-root cuttings

Giant milkweed, also cuttings

Dwarf poinciana, also seeds

Tunera, also cuttings and seeds

Indian borage, aka Cuban oregano, also cuttings

Moringa, also seeds or cuttings

Turmeric, also you-dig

Ganganal ginger, also you-dig

Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Orchid cactus, also cuttings

You dig:

Candlestick senna

Rain lilies

Native yellow canna


Surinam cherry

  Sansevieria (full sized, please plant in pots not the ground!)

    Lady palms

Crinum lily

Walking iris

   Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)

    Native palmetto that just popped up in the wrong spot…

    Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)

Chenille plants

Monkey Grass

Passion flower, not native but bears an amazing amount of fruit

Hot pink Four O’Clocks, another hummingbird attractor

    Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing!)


A wide selection of vegetable seeds shared at our last events

Seeds for the most prolific Key lime I’ve ever seen, also cuttings

Beautyberry, also cuttings

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, also cuttings



Katuk cuttings or seeds

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, cuttings or seeds

Native wild coffee

Coral porterweed, attracts bees , butterflies and hummingbirds

Brazilian red cloak

John Starnes’ favorite red pentas

    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!

Bush morning glory

    Cuban buttercup (tunera)

Golden dewdrop

Chinese Hat Plant, another cool hummingbird food

Flowering maple, also attracts hummingbirds

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