What's Blooming in August

Heritage Plants Available in the Garden Shoppe

Several of the plants that grew on the property during Thomas Edison's time are available for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. We select plants that are seasonally appropriate and are happy to provide horticultural tips. We also carry many organic products for the vegetable garden. This month's available plants are as follows:

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEPRICE
Allamanda Vine "Brown Bud"Allamanda cathartica$12
Assorted Flowering Annuals(Many varieties)$1.50-5
AvocadoPersea americana$30
Bananas ‘Truly Tiny’$8
BambooVarious varieities (clumping only)$30-$150
Banyan TreeFicus benghalensis$25-35
Barbados CherryMalpighia glabra$20
Tropical Begonia ShrubBegonia odorata alba$6-$12
Bo TreeFicus religiosa$20-35
Bougainvillea (Several Varieties)Bougainvillea spp.$10-75
BromeliadsTillandsias (air plants)$3-10
Bull-Horn AcaciaAcacia$15
Cactus and SucculentsVarious$5-15
CaladiumsCaladiums many varieties$4
Citrus Various Sizes (we can order)Ctrus sp. $20-$120
Copperleaf ShrubAcalypha spp. various$6-12
CrotonsCroton sp. $6-10
Desert RoseAdenium sp. $15-30
Dwarf Crape MyrtlePink and lavender flowers$15
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
GingersAlpinias, curcuma, kaemferia, $6.00
Grafted GardeniasGardenia jasminoides varieties grafted on rootstock$25
Herbs(Many varieties)
Mango-several cultivarsMangifera indica$35-$50
Orchids and SuppliesVarious varieties$5-$40
PalmsFoxtail and Royal$10-20
Pink BallDombeya wallachii x seminole$15
Roses (Old garden roses)Louis phillipe, Belindas dream to name a few$20
Staghorn FernsPlatycerium bifurcatum$10-20
Strawberry PotsWith or without plants$150-200
Various Butterfly/Native PlantsPorterweed, passion vine, almond bush, Jatropha bush, shooting star, texas sage, firespike/purple and red$1.50-$20
Various Container AdditionsSedum, sweet potato vine, coleus,$2-$8

Plants Currently Blooming with Fruit or Seedpods

Nursery

(Behind the Edison Botanic Research Lab)

Organic VICTORY GARDEN contains a variety of seasonal produce grown by Edison Ford horticultural staff. Many items such as plants, seeds, compost, fertilizers, and other soil amendments are sold in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
False RubberwoodMascarenhasis arborescensTiny white flowers some say smell like buttered popcornTropical Africa
KapokCeiba pentandraGreen seed pods/seeds in silk littered on groundOld & New World Tropics
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America
Golden DewdropDuranta erecta ‘alba’White flowersTropical America

Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Bangar NutSterculia foetida5 petaled red flowersEast Africa, Northern Australia
Bead TreeAdenanthera pavoninaSeed pods curl exposing bright red seedsAsia and South-western Pacific
Cassod TreeCassia siameaBrown seed podsIndia, Sri Lanka
CopperpodPeltophorum pterocarpumYellow bloom spikeSE Asia, N. Australia
Physic Nut TreeJatropha curcusSmall green podsTropical Americas
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaBright red bloomsMadagascar
Rubber VineCryptostegia madagascarensisLavender flowersMadagascar
Tung OilVernicia fordiiGreen round fruitCentral Asia
White FrangipaniPlumeria rubraWhite fragrant flowersCaribbean
Yellow IxoraIxora coccinea ‘maui yellow’Yellow flowersSE Asia

Banyan Tree Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Banyan Tree (Edison signature tree)Ficus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripeningIndia
Foxtail PalmWodyetia bifurcataRed seed podsAustralia
Golden DewdropDuranta erecta ‘gold mound’Purple flower, yellow fruitTropical Americas
Yellow PoincianaPeltophorum dubiumYellow upright flowersSouth America

Heritage Garden

(Next to ticket office)

Herb and vegetable gardens reflect the gardens the Edisons planted in this area. Extra fruits and vegetables that the Edison family and staff did not consume were sold in downtown Fort Myers.

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculata Blue flowers, Host plant for Ceraunus blue butterfliesSouth Africa
Crinum LilyCrinum sp.White and burgundy bloomsChina
Desert CassiaSenna polyphylla Small yellow flowers, Sulphur butterflies host plantCaribbean
FirebushHamelia patensRed-orange flowers-nectar plant for butterfliesNative to FL.
FirespikeOdontonema strictum and callistachyumRed and purple flowersCentral America
Gardenia TreesGardenia jasminoidesWhite fragrant flowersTropical Asia
Golden DewdropDuranta erectaPurple flowers, yellow fruitsTropical Americas
JatrophaJatropha integerrima Red dainty flowersWest Indies
Paw Paw, PapayaCarica papayaWhite blooms, round green fruitColumbia
Pin Cushion TreeSarcocephalus latifoliusRound balls with yellow stamensTropical Africa
TamarindTamarindus indicaBrown Bean shaped podsIndia
Yellow CestrumCestrum auranticumYellow clustered flowersNorth America

Edison Caretaker's Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Annato or Lipstick PlantBixa orellanoRed seed podsTropical America
Apple Blossom TreeCassia javanicaApricot/Pink flowersSE Asia
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia x candidaWhite trumpet flowersPeru
Barbados CherryMalpighia glabaraRed fruit high in Vit. C/acerolaTexas, S. America, Caribbean
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataBlue phlox-like flowersSouth Africa
BougainvilleaBougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersBrazil
Bridal Bouquet, Fiddle Leaf PlumeriaPlumeria pudica Only white flowers without a fragrancePanama, Venezula, Columbia
Bull-Horn AcaciaAcacia cornigeraYellow stick flowersCentral America
Climbing Ylang YlangArtabotrys hexapetalusYellow finger-like flowersTropical Asia
Coral PlantJatropha multifdaRed flowersCentral America
Crape JasmineTabernaemontana divercata var flora plenaWhite flowersIndia
Crape MyrtleLagerstroema indicaPink flowersIndonesia
Crinum LilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider like bloomsIndia
CrotonsCodeaium varigatumColorful foliage throughout gardensIndia
Devils TrumpetDatura metelWhite poisonous flowersCentral America
Dwarf PoincianaCaesalpinia pulcherrimaThere is a Red, yellow and pink flowered variety on 3 different small treesWest Indies
Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia
Firewheel TreeStenocarpus sinuatusRed flowersAustralia
FrangipaniPlumeria rubraSeveral colors of fragrant flowersTropical Americas, New Zealand
Gamboge or False MangosteenGarcinia xanthochymusWhite flowersIndia
GardeniaGardenia jasminoidesFragrant white flowerChina
Golden DewdropDuranta erecta ‘alba’White flowersTropical America
Gooseneck CactusEpiphyllum oxypetalumLarge white flowerMexico to West Indies
Indian GingerAlpinia calcarataPearl colored upright flowersIndia
MangoesMangifera indicaFruit of Haden’ and ‘Keitt’India/West Indies
Peacock GingerKaempferia elegansLavendar flowersSE Asia
Red Button GingerCostus woodsoniiYellow edible flowers emerging from red bractsSE ASia
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowersIndia to China
Strawberry GuavaPsidium cattleianum var. littoraleGreen fruitBrazil

Moonlight Garden

(Next to Edison Caretaker's House & Edison's Little Office)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Antique RoseRosa spp. "Mrs. B. R. Cant"Pink rosette flowersWorldwide
Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentina
AngeloniaAngelonia White flowersSouth Africa
Bleeding Heart VineClerodendrum thomsonaieWhite bracts and red flowers Tropical Africa
Bougainvillea, 'Barbara Karst'Bougainvillea spectabilisRed bracts; white flowersBrazil
Golden GardeniaGardenia tubiferaWhite open faced fragrant flowersAsia
PentasPentas lanceolataClustered umbels of white star shaped flowersEast Africa
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata albaWhite flowersTropics
Water LilyNymphaea spp.Fragrant large lavender & pink flowersHybrids
White & Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculata and albaWhite and blue phlox-like flowersTropical World

Edison Pool Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia
FirebushHamelia patensRed/orange flowersFlorida native
FrangipaniPlumeria rubra (many varieties and colors)Fragrant flowers many colorsTropical Americas
Pond AppleAnnona glabraGreen fruitsNative to Florida

Edison Rose Garden

(Next to Edison Ford House)

A formal garden of antique roses, representing Mina Edison’s interest in roses, has been installed on the north side of the Edison House. A long list of her roses is in the Edison archives. Roses with an *asterisk were on Mina’s 1929 list.

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Blush Noisette (1817)Noisette roseCupped double blush white flowersChina
Catherine II (pre 1826)China-tea roseLight pink flower, strong fragranceChina
Catherine Mermet (1869) *Tea roseOn Mina Edison’s 1920 rose list; cameo-colored flowers with pink tones at edgesChina
Cornelia (1919)Hybrid musk roseCoral buds open to pink flowers with gold stamensEngland
Enchantress (1904)Tea roseDouble flowers of dark rose-pink fade to near crimson with touch of yellow at baseChina
Fellenberg (1835)Noisette roseLoose rosy scarlet bloomsChina
Louis Phillipe (1834)China roseDouble deep crimson flowers with a blush centerChina
Madame Josephine Schwartz (1880) *Noisette roseOn Mina Edison’s 1920 rose list; white cabbage- shaped flowers China
Mademoiselle Franziska Kruger (1880)*Tea roseWhite, near white, or white blended with pink flowersChina
Maitland White (date unknown)Noisette roseWhite flowersUnknown
Maman Cochet (1893)Tea roseCreamy pink flowers with yellow at centerFrance
Mrs. Dudley Cross (1907)Tea roseDouble yellow flowers that blush pink in sunChina
Mutabilis (1894)China roseFlower opens yellow, changes to orange to pink and then crimsonChina
Rubens (1859)Tea roseTawny color flower with shades of roseChina
Safrano (1839) *Tea RoseLoose apricot pink flowersFrance
Vincent Godsif (date unknown)Bermuda mystery – found roseSemi-double flowers range from mauve to dusty pinkPossibly China

Edison Main House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea sp. fushia bractsBrazil
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia
Inch PlantTradescania zebrinaPurple bloomsMexico
Kings Mantle BushThunbergia erectaDeep purple flowersTropical Africa
LonganDimocarpus longanGreen fruit formingSE Asia
Pink Trumpet TreeTabebuia heterophyllaPink flowersWest Indies
Queens WreathPetrea volubilisLavender flowersMexico and Central America
Roses at the PergolaCramoisi superieur China Rose climber 1885, Mrs. BR Cant Tea Rose 1901, Ducher China Rose 1869, Bermuda Kathleen Bermuda Mystery RoseVarious colors all antique or old garden roses for the south Crosses originally from China to Europe
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaYellow star shaped fruitPhillipines, Thailand
Yellow AllamandaAllamanda catharticaYellow trumpet flowersTropical America

Edison Guest House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
African IrisDietes iridioidesWhite flowers with purple signals and yellow centerSouth Africa
Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsBrazil
Crape Myrtle HybridLagerstroema speciosaPurple flowersSE Asia
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth Africa
Sausage TreeKiglea pinnataBurgundy flowers held on pendulous strands Tropical Africa
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata ‘alba’White flowersSouth Africa

Edison Gardens (Riverside)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Blue MahoeTallipartiBurgundy bloomsMexico to Costa Rica
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America
Candlenut TreeAleurites moluccanaSmall white flowersSE Asia
Cycad CollectionOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia
FrangipaniPlumeria albaCentral America, CaribbeanWhite flowers
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina
Loquat-Leaved FigFicus saussureanaYellow fruitTropical Africa
Roxburgh’s FigFicus auriculataGreen fruit on trunk and stemsSouth China

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
AkeeBlighia sapidaRed fruit/poisonous when not openTropical West Africa
Allamanda Vine ‘Cherries Jubilee’Alamanda catharica x cherries jubileeCherry colored flowersTropical America
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa
BromeliadsAechmeaMany inflorescences bloomingSouth America
Geiger TreeCordia sebestenaTangerine colored flowersNative to FL Keys
Tamarind TreeTamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauceEast Africa
White SapoteCasiminoa edulisGreen round fruit-not ripe yetMexico
Ylang Ylang TreeCananga odorataYellow fingerlike fragrant flowers-perfume tree essential oil in Chanel #5SE Asia

Ford Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Avocado 'Choquette'Persea americanaYellow flowersMexico
Bleeding Heart VineClerodendrum thomsonaieWhite bracts with red center flowersWest Africa
Carib QueenTabebuia pallidaMaroon flowersCaribbean
Green ButtonwoodConocarpus erectusGreen seed podsFlorida Native
Jatropha TreeJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowersCuba
Joy Perfume TreeMagnolia champaca ‘alba’White fragrant flowrsSE Asia
Macadamia Nut TreeMacadamia integrifoliaGreen fruit formingAustralia
MangoesMangifera indicafruitsIndia, West Indies
Mexican Flame VinePseudogynoxys chenopidiodesOrange daisy like flowers on a climbing vineMexico
Night-blooming CactusHylocereus lemaireiWhite flower blooms at nightCaribbean
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, KumquatCitrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina
Red Hibiscus, Chinese HibiscusHibiscus rosa-sinensisBright red flowers; state flower of HawaiiTropical Asia
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaSeedpods visibleBrazil
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaTall tree with vibrant orange flowersMadagas-car
Simpsons StopperMyricanthes fragransWhite fragrant flowersFlorida Native

Note: Orchids and Bromeliads are in bloom in various locations throughout the Edison Ford gardens.

Many new citrus trees have been planted to represent the original Edison and Ford collections, including varieties of oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, limes, lemons, and calamondins. They are blooming and fruiting throughout the year.

Edison Ford Garden Shoppe open daily 9AM - 5:30PM. Edison Ford Garden Tours offered every Tuesday at 10:30AM.

For more Edison Ford Garden information on "What's Blooming in August" contact the Edison Ford Horticulturist at 239-334-7419!