What's Blooming in February

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
African MahoganyKhaya senegalensis$20
AgaveAgave cultivars$6-10
Air plants including arrangementsTillandsias$2-$75
Assorted Flowering Annuals snapdragons, lobelia, allysum, cuphea, verbena, geraniums, $1.50-5
BananasTruly tiny$10
Begonias Angel wing, rhizomatous, odorata$5-10
Bonsai quality plantsVarious-need to be trained$5-20
Bougainvillea (several varieties)Bougainvillea spp.$15
BromeliadsCryptanthus, Neoreglias, Aechmea, Tillandsias$3-10 off sale
Cactus and succulentsVarious single plants and arrangements$5-$30
CandlenutAleurites moluccana$15
Citrus various sizes Citrus sp. $20-$120
Copperleaf ShrubsAcalypha spp. various$6-12
Crinum liliesCrinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
CrotonsCroton sp. $6-10
Crown of Thorns 6 Euphorbia $6
Desert RoseAdenium obesum$10-$50
DipladeniasHybrid$9
DombeyaDombeya seminole$15
Dwarf papyrusCyperus $10
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
FernsBirds Nest$10
Green Island FicusFicus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
Herbs and Herb Bowls (Many varieties)$2-$12.95
HibiscusHibiscus$20-$75
Hong Kong OrchidBauhinia xblakenana$25
Hypertufa potsHandmade using Portland cement, moss, perlite$12-$40
JatrophaJatropha integerrima$20
LycheeLitchi chinesis$25
MangoMangifera indica$35 and $50
Orchid plants, growing mixes, fertilizers, orchid potsOncidium, phalenopsis, dendrobium, Brassovola,$9
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Red Latan$10-20
Passion VinePassiflora sp.$20
Spanish BayonnetYucca aloifolia$20
Staghorn fernsPlatycerium bifurcatum$10-20
Strawberry PotsSmall and large$40 to $180
Various Butterfly/Native Plants blue plumbago, pentas, lantana, cannas, porterweed, gaillardia, coreopsis, salvias, milkweed, African bush daisy (euroyps)$1.50-20
Various container additionsSedum, sweet potato vine, juncus, wire vine, artemesia, alternanthera, pepperomia, $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 NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
KapokCeiba pentandraTiny green buds ready to burst into flower-no leavesMexico, Central & South America1
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America2
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Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Indian Jujube tree Ziziphus mauritianaTiny green apple-like fruitAfrica, Asia1
African tulip treeSpathodea campanulataOrange cup shaped flowersTropical Africa2
Yellow IxoraIxora coccineaYellow star shaped flowers in grouped in a large clusterSE Asia3
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns4

Banyan Tree Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
AzaleaRhododendron sp. Pink flowersWorldwide1
Golden DewdropDurante erecta ‘gold moundBlue flowers, yellow berriesTropical Americas2
BromeliadAechmea blanchetianaThree foot orange and red flower spikeBrazil2
Lofty Fig or Council TreeFicus altissimaRed fruitSE Asia3
Banyan TreeFicus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripening redIndia4
(Edison signature tree)

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 NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Pincushion Tree/Edible PeachSarcocephalus latifolius Pincushion shaped flowersAfrica1
FirespikeOdontonema strictum and Red and purple flowersCentral America2
callistachyum
PorterweedStachytarpheta utricifolia Purple spiked flowers2
LoquatEribotrya japoricaSmall white flowersJapan/China3
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Edison Caretaker's Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia1
St. Christopher’s LilyCrinum jagusWhite tulip-like flowersTropical Africa2
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowers India to China3
Yellow Star Fruit forming
GambogeGarcinia xanthocyhmusSmall green fruits formingChina, India, SE Asia3
Rose AppleSyzygium jambosWhite powder puff flowersS.E. Asia4
Desert RoseAdendium obesumFive petal pink ‘rose’ clustersAfrica5
Thornless EuphorbiaEuphorbia geroldiiRed flowers with yellow centersMadagascar5
Budha BellyJatropha padigricaRed and yellow flowers on a long stemCentral America5
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataBlue phlox-like flowersSouth Africa1
Gardenia Gardenia jasminoidesFragrant white flowerChina2
Golden ChampacaMagnolia champacaGreen clustered seed podsChina, India, SE Asia2
Hong Kong Orchid (sterile)Bauhinia x blakeanaPurplish-red flowers Hong Kong2
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific3
Annato or Lipstick PlantBixa orellanoRed seed podsTropical America3
Red Button GingerCostus woodsoniiYellow edible flowers emerging from red bractsSE ASia1
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider like bloomsIndia2
CrotonsCodeaium varigatumColorful foliage throughout gardensIndia3
Chenille PlantAcalphya hispidaRed droops of flowersSouth Pacific4
Dwarf PoincianaCaesalpinia pulcherrimaSeparate trees bear Red, yellow or pink flowered West Indies4
Chinese Hat Plant Holmskioldia sanguineaOrange hat shaped flowersTropical Asia4
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Moonlight Garden

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

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentinaEast side perimeter
Bougainvillea,Bougainvillea spectabilis Red bracts; BrazilSurrounds moonlight garden perimeter
‘Barbara Karst’white flowers
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata albaWhite flowersTropicsInside Moonlight garden beds
White & Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculata and albaWhite and blue phlox-like flowersTropical WorldMoonlight Garden entrances
PentasPentas lanceolataClustered umbels of white star shaped flowersEast AfricaPlanted throughout
Antique RosesRosa spp.Pink rosette flowers/Northern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
‘ white pet’, ‘Marie Pavie’ and ‘Prosperity’White clustered flowers
BougainvilleaB spectabilisWhite bractsBrazilIn the beds
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia suaveolensSalmon coloredSE BrazilSouth side perimeter and East side perimeter
And white ‘Super Nova’
Snowflake TreeEuphorbia leucocephalaTiny white flowersMexico, S. AmericaSouth side perimeter

Edison Pool Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Water LilyNymphaea sp. Large purple flowersHybrid2
Coconut Palms Cocos nuciferaGreen fruitCaribbean, Pan-tropics3
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Edison Rose Garden

(Next to Edison 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
Mutabilis (1894)China roseFlower opens yellow, changes to orange to pink and then crimsonChina
Louis Phillipe (1834)China roseDouble deep crimson flowers with a blush centerChina
Maitland White (date unknown)Noisette roseWhite flowersUnknown
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
Mrs. Dudley Cross (1907)Tea roseDouble yellow flowers that blush pink in sunEngland
Celine Foresterier (1858)Noisette climberPinkish-yellowChina
Safrano (1839) *Tea RoseLoose apricot pink flowersFrance
Blush Noisette (1817)Noisette roseCupped double blush white flowersSouth Carolina
Marie van Houtte (1871)*Tea roseYellowish-pinkFrance
Perle des Jardins (1890)*Tea roseOrange to golden pinkFrance

Edison Main House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Chenille PlantAcalypha hispida Red flowers South Pacific1
PeriwinkleCatharanthus roseusWhite flowersSouth Africa1
Queens WreathPetrea volubilisClusters of blue flowersCentral America3
West Indies
Old Garden RosesKathleen’s Bermuda Mystery, Mrs. B R. Cant, Cramoisi Superieur, DucherPinks, reds, and whitesNoisettes, Chinas, Teas, and Climber Classes of Roses3
Yesterday, Today, TomorrowBrunfelsia paucifloraFlower colors changing from purple, to lavender, to whiteBrazil4
Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea sp. Fushia bractsBrazil4
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaYellow star-shaped fruit and pink flowersIndia5

Edison Guest House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth Africa2
Queens WreathPetrea volubilisClusters of blue flowers on the vineCentral America, West Indies3
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata ‘alba’White flowersSouth Africa4
Yesterday, Today, TomorrowBrunfelsia paucifloraFlower colors changing from purple, to lavender, to whiteBrazil4
Sausage TreeKiglea pinnataFruits forming held on pendulous strands Tropical Africa 5
Travelers PalmRaveneala madagascarensisLarge white flowersMadagascar6

Edison Gardens (Riverside)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Blue MahoeTalipariti elatumLarge simple burgundy flowersJamaica 1
Cycad collection Many genus and speciesOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia2
Turks Cap or Sleepy HibiscusMalvaviscus penduliflorusScarlet flowers that appears to not have openedMexico to Central America3
Loquat-leaved FigFicus saussureana Yellow clustered fruit attached directly to the branchesTropical Africa4
Roxburgh FigFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina5
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama1
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa1
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia2
Inch plantTradescania zebrinaPurple bloomsMexico2
BromeliadPitcairna smithiorumOrange unbranched club-like flowerSouth America3
BromeliadPitcairna flammeaRed dropping inflorescenseSouth America3
Lofty FigFicus altissimaRed fruitIndia3
Blue Sky VineThunnbergia grandifloraBlue flowersAfrica1
Louis Phillipe RoseRosa hybridRed flowersHybrid2
Ylang Ylang TreeCananga odorataYellow fingerlike fragrant flowers-perfume tree essential oil in Chanel #5SE Asia3
Yesterday Today TomorrowBrunfelsia paucifloraPurple, lavender, white flowersBrazil4
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauceEast Africa5

Ford Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Satin LeafChrysohyllum oliviformeGreen fruit looks like olivesFlorida Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Mysore Fig or Brown Wooly FigFicus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowersCuba1
Red Powderpuff ShrubsCalliandra haematocephalaRed brush-like flowersBrazil1
Starfruit ‘Fwang Tung’Averrhoa carambolaPink flowersIndia2
‘Fwang Tung’ variety
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina2
Clara Ford Rose GardenModern roses ‘hybrid teas’ on fortuniana rootstock White, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowersHybrid3
Belindas Dream, Flo Nelson, Love and Peace, Marilyn Monroe, Mellow Yellow, Midas Touch, Nightingale, St. Patrick, September Morn, Sunflare, Sunsprite, White Christmas, White Success

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 February" contact the Edison Ford Horticulturist at 239-334-7419!