October Free Plant List

 In General, News from the Greenhouse & "Yarden"

Oct. 2, 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 two rain barrels, a limited number of used wooden pallets and lots of 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.

And not free, but close: we overplanted red and purple firebush, an amazing dark purple saliva and passionflower. They’re root-bound in small pots but ready to go into the ground to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. We also have a few potted moringa plants. They’re $3 or two for $5. And for neem fans, we have thousands of amazing seedlings from both the Senegal seeds and the trees that set fruit here after a warm winter.

After the warm wet summer, our pollinator plants are pretty overgrown and definitely read to share!

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)

Native firebush, the ultimate bee, butterfly and hummingbird attractor

Ever-bearing mulberry, covered in flowers and fresh fruit

Moringa: cuttings, you-dig plants or seeds

Chinese hat, another hummingbird favorite

White or pink crepe myrtle cuttings (and three white seedlings)

Native Porterweed, which is actually a low-growing plant with spectacular purple flowers that attract all kinds of butterflies and bees

You dig:

Native yellow canna

Native beautyberry, just a few seedlings that popped up in bad spots

Lemongrass (also seeds)

Cranberry hibiscus, which has been spectacular this summer

Candlestick senna

Barbados cherry

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!)

Lady palms

Crinum lily (some already dug from a plant swap in August)

Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)

Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)

Chenille plants

Hot pink Four O’Clocks, another hummingbird attractor

Shampoo ginger



Tunera (Cuban buttercup)


Native wild coffee, provides gorgeous color even in deep shade

Katuk (plus a couple of volunteer seedlings!)

John Starne’s favorite red pants

Bush morning glory (plus two you-dig seedlings)

Cranberry hibiscus

Golden dewdrop

Devil’s backbone, no wildlife value but a cool looking plant


Daikon radish – it’s time to plant in Florida now!

Tropical milkweed

Blanketflower (gaillardia)

Scorpion tail — a low-growing native that attracts all kinds of bees and small butterflies, also cuttings and you-dig

Dwarf Poinciana, now in full bloom

Featured photo courtesy University of Florida IFAS, https://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/11/08/firespike-a-tender-perennial/

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