What's Blooming in July

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
Allamanda ‘Cherries JubileeAllamanda cathartica ‘Cherries jubilee$13
Agapanthus or Lily of the NileAgapanthus$8.00
AgaveAgave cultivars$6-10
Assorted Flowering Annuals Portulaca & purslane, salvia, vinca, gaura, shrimp plant, blue daze, bulbine, pentas, coleus, crossandra, $1.50-5
Banana ShrubMichelia figo$10
Begonias Angel wing, rhizomatous, odorata$5-10
Bonsai quality plants Various-need to be trained$5-20
Brazilian rainforest, Moujean tea, Dwarf powderpuff, Sensitive plant, natal plum
Bougainvillea (several varieties)Bougainvillea spp.$15
BromeliadsCryptanthus, Tillandsias, Neoreglia, Aechmeas $3-15
Cactus and succulentsVarious single plants and arrangements$5-$30
Caladiums bulbs and plantsCaladiums$4
CandlenutAleurites moluccana$15
CannasCanna sp. $9
Citrus various sizes Citrus sp. $20-$120
Copperleaf ShrubsAcalypha spp. various$12
Crinum liliesCrinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
ClerodendrumClerodendrum’bleeding heart$20
Crepe jasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘floro pleno’$15
Crown of Thorns 6 Euphorbia $6
Desert RoseAdenium obesum$10-$50
Dwarf Pitch AppleClusea rosea ‘nana’$7
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
FernsBirds Nest, silver lady, macho$10
Firespike (red)Odontonema strichtum$15
FrangipaniPlumeria rubra and pudica$10-20
Gingers OrnamentalAlpinia, Curcumas, $5-15
Grafted Gardenia ‘Miami Supreme’Gardenia jasminoides$25
Green Island FicusFicus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
Herbs Summer varieties-sweet potato and luffa squash$1-5
Hypertufa potsHandmade using Portland cement, moss, perlite$12-$40
Jasmine-arabian,star, and confederate, and night bloomingJasmine sambac Jasmine robusta, $10-$20
Trachelospermum jasminoides, Cestrum nocturnum
JatrophaJatropha integerrima$20
Lady and Princess of the NightBrunfelisa lacteal and gigantea
MoonflowerImpomea$2
Moringa-Horseradish TreeMoringa oleifera$5
Orchid plants, growing mixes, fertilizers, orchid potsOncidium, phalenopsis, dendrobium, Brassovola,$9-$30
Queen’s WreathPetrea volubilis$20
Pagoda FlowerClerodendrum panniculatum$9
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Red Latan$10-35
Passion VinePassiflora sp.$20
Pink Powder puffCallinadra schultzei$7
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticum$35
Sea GrapeCocoloba uvifera$13
Spanish BayonnetYucca aloifolia$20
Staghorn fernsPlatycerium bifurcatum$10-20
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgata$7
Strawberry PotsSmall and large$40 to $180
Ti PlantsCordyline varieties$20
Tropical TreesFig, Jackfruit, Avocado, Allspice, Lychee, Mango (Pickering and Mun kun si), Pitomba, grumichama, guava, jaboticaba, Miracle fruit$25 up
Ylang Ylang TreeCanaga odorata$20
Various Butterfly/Native Plants pentas, lantana, cannas, porterweed, gaillardia, coreopsis, salvias, milkweed, African bush daisy (euroyps), cassias, firecracker, dutchman’s pipevine, passion vine, mist flower$1.50-20
Various container additionsSedum, sweet potato vine, alternanthera, pepperomia, hoya, lysmachia (golden globes)$2-$8
Walking IrisMany varieties-Trimezias, Neomarcias, Dietes$4-20

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.

False Rubberwood
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
False Rubber TreeMascarenhasia arborescensStar shaped flowers that smell like buttered popcornIndia1
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America2

Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
CopperpodPeltophorum pterocarpumUpright yellow clustered flowersSE Asia1
Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Kassod TreeSenna siameaYellow flowers followed by a long brown podSE Asia1
Bo TreeFicus religiosaTiny fruit on the stemsSE Asia2
Snakewood or Wild Paw Paw TreeCecropia peltataSouth America2
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaVarious shades of orange to red flowers Caribbean3
Sausage TreeKigelia africanaBurgundy flowersAfrica1
Zulu FigFicus luteaClustered green fruitAfrica2
African tulip treeSpathodea campanulataOrange cup shaped flowersTropical Africa3
Yellow IxoraIxora coccineaYellow star shaped flowers in grouped in a large clusterSE Asia4
LonganDimocarpus longanBrown rounded fruit at terminal ends of branchesIndia4
FrangipaniPlumeria rubra ‘white’White flowers with yellow center5
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns, poinsettiaVarious rubber plants for white latex Worldwide6

Banyan Tree Area 

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Lofty Fig or Council TreeFicus altissimaRed fruitSE Asia1
Banyan TreeFicus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripening redIndia2
(Edison signature tree)
Cape HoneysuckleTecoma capensis ‘orange marmalade’Bright orange tubular flowersSouth Africa3

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.

Pin Cushion Tree
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Crinum lilyCrinum sp. White spider-like flowersSouth Africa, Asia1
FirespikeOdontonema strictum and callistachyum Red and purple flowersCentral America1
PorterweedStachytarpheta utricifolia Purple spiked flowersFL Native1
Pin Cushion TreeSarcocephala latifoliusPin cushion creamy white ballsAfrica2

Edison Caretaker's Gardens

Bull-Horn Acacia
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia1
Frangipani Plumeria pudica, alba, and rubra (many hybrid colors)Pink, white, and yellowMexico, Central and South America, Caribbean2
Variegated Shell GingerAlpinia zerumbet ‘variegata’Pearlescent dropping flowersSE Asia2
Serpentine Hill Raintree Brunfelsia densifloraWhite tubular flowersPuerto Rico2
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowers India to China3
Yellow Star Fruit forming
GambogeGarcinia xanthochymusGreen fruit formingChina, India, SE Asia, 3
Ross SapotePouteria sp. Small green fruit formingCentral America3
Barbados CherryMalphigia glabraSmall pink flowersTexas to South America3
Firewheel TreeStenocarpus sinuatusRed pinwheel shaped flowersAustralia4
Egg Fruit or Canistel TreePouteria campechiana ‘trompo’Tiny green fruit formingSouth America4
Orange Geiger TreeCorida sebestenaRound tangerine flowersFlorida Keys 4
Budha Belly JatrophaJatropha padigricaRed and yellow flowers on a long stemCentral America5
Apple Blossom Shower TreeCassia javanicaApricot colored flowersIndonesia1
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataBlue phlox-like flowersSouth Africa2
Strawberry GuavaPsidium cattleianum ‘littoraleTiny green fruit turning redBrazil2
Yellow Strawberry GuavaPsidium catteianum Tiny green fruit turning yellowBrazil2
Crape Myrtle TreeLagerstroemia indicaLight Pink clustered flowersChina3
Gardenia Gardenia jasminoidesFragrant white flowerChina3
Crepe JasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘floro pleno’Creamy white rose like bloomsIndia, SE Asia3
Golden ChampacaMagnolia champacaGreen clustered seed podsChina, India, SE Asia3
Ground OrchidEpidendrum radicansOrange flowersCentral America3
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific4
Annato or Lipstick PlantBixa orellanoRed seed podsTropical America4
MangoMangifera indica ‘Haden’Large oval tasty fruitIndia5
Red Button GingerCostus woodsoniiYellow edible flowers emerging from red bractsSE ASia1
Indian GingerAlpinia calcarataWhite shell-like flowers at terminal ends of spikesIndia1
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider like bloomsIndia2
Gooseneck CactusEpiphyllum oxypetlumLarge white flowersCentral America2
Chenille PlantAcalphya hispidaRed droops of flowersSouth Pacific3
Dwarf PoincianaCaesalpinia pulcherrimaSeparate trees bear Red or pink flowered West Indies3

Moonlight Garden

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

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentinaMcGregor side perimeter-outside moonlight garden
White Mandevilla vineAllamanda bolivenensisWhite trumpet shaped flowersTropical SouthInside moonlight on McGregor side
America
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
White CandlesWhitfeldia elongataWhite flowersAfricaNext to little office doorway and in blue pot
Antique RosesRosa spp. ‘ white pet’, ‘Marie Pavie’ and ‘Prosperity’Pink rosette flowers/Northern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
White clustered flowers
Water liliesNymphea hybridsPink, purple, lilac flowersTropical HybridInside reflecting pool
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia suaveolensSalmon coloredSE BrazilSouth side perimeter and East side perimeter
And white ‘Super Nova’
DESCRIPTION

Edison Pool Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEFruits visibleORIGINLOCATION
Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Water LilyNymphaea sp. Large purple flowersHybrid2
Coconut Palms Cocos nuciferaGreen fruitCaribbean, Pan-tropics4
FrangipaniPlumeri rubra Yellow, white, pink, and bicoloredTropical America5
Sea GrapeCoccoloba uviferaGreen clustered grape-like fruitFL. Native6
CopperpodPeltophorum pterocarpumYellow flowersSE Asia, N. Australia7
DESCRIPTION

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 NAMEFlower opens yellow, changes to orange to pink and then crimsonORIGINLOCATION
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
SpiceUnknown found Pinkish-yellow fragrant Bermuda
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
Madame LombardTea roseDeep pink France
Roses marked with an asterisk are on Mina Edison’s Rose List from an invoice dating 1903 planted on the property

Edison Main House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Pinwheel JasmineTabernaemontana diveracataPinwheel white flowersIndia1
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
Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea sp. Fushia bractsBrazil4
Flaming GlorybowerClerodendrum splendensFushia flowersWestern Africa4
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaYellow star-shaped fruit and pink flowersIndia5
Pink Trumpet TreeTabebuia heterophyllaPink trumpet flowersWest Indies6
Yellow allamandaAllamanda catharticaYellow trumpet shaped flowerSouth America7
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider flowersChina7

Edison Guest House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth Africa2
Lily of the NileAgapanthus hybridBlue flowers held high on a stalkSouth Africa2
Kings MantleThunbergia erectaBlue flowersIndia2
Queens WreathPetrea volubilisClusters of blue flowers on the vineCentral America, West Indies3
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata ‘alba’White flowersSouth Africa4
Crepe jasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘flora plena’Double white flowersIndia4
Sausage TreeKiglea pinnataFruits forming held on pendulous strands Tropical Africa 5
Travelers PalmRaveneala madagascarensisLarge white flowersMadagascar6

Edison Gardens (Riverside)

Blue Mahoe
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Blue MahoeTalipariti elatumLarge simple burgundy flowersJamaica 1
Cycad collection Many genus and speciesOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia3
Turks Cap or Sleepy HibiscusMalvaviscus penduliflorusScarlet flowers that appears to not have openedMexico to Central America4
Roxburgh Fig TreeFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina6
Candelnut Tree, Kukui Nut TreeAleurites moluccanusSmall white clustered flowers produces fuzzy round green fruitAustralia 1
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama2
JacarandaJacaranda mimosifoliaBlue trumpet shaped flowersBolivia, Argentina2
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3
White FrangipaniPlumeria albaCaribbeanCaribbean3
Queen’s Crape MyrtleLagerstroemia speciosaLarge lavender flowersSE Asia4

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
MangoesMangifera indicaOval green, yellow to red fruit depending on ripenessIndia1
Orange Geiger TreeCordia sebestenaTangerine colored flowersFL. Keys1
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa2
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia3
LonganDimocarpus longan Brown rounded fruitIndia4
Lofty FigFicus altissimaRed fruitIndia5
Cherries Jubilee AllamandaAllamanda cathartica ‘cherries jubilee’Large pink flowers on a vineTropical America1
Blue Sky VineThunnbergia grandifloraBlue flowersAfrica1
Ylang Ylang TreeCananga odorataYellow fingerlike fragrant flowers-perfume tree essential oil in Chanel #5SE Asia2
White SapoteCasimirioa edulisGreen fruit ripeningMexico and Central America3
JackfruitArtocarpus heterophyllusSmall oval fruits formingIndia3
Brazilian Grape Tree, JaboticabaMyrciaria caulifloraBlack fruit on trunk or stemsSouth Brazil3
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauceEast Africa4
DESCRIPTION

Ford Gardens

Red Powderpuff
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensORIGINLOCATION
Jamaican caperCapparis cynophallophoraWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensFL. Native in Coastal Hammocks1
Simpson’s StopperMyrcianthes fragransRed berriesFL. Native1
FirebushHamelia patensOrange flowersFL. Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Rangoon Creeper VineCombretum indicumRed, pink, and white flowers on one stem with fragranceSE Asia2
Blue Sky VineThunbergia grandifloraBlue flowersIndia2
Mysore Fig or Brown Wooly FigFicus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Night Blooming Cereus attached to Cabbage PalmsHylocereus undatusLarge white blooms at night-4
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed bloomsCaribbean4
Carib Queen TreeTabebuia pallida cultivarFushia flowersCaribbean6
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowersCuba1
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed flowersCaribbean2
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina3
Macadamia Nut TreeMacadamia integrifoliaGreen fruit formingAustralia4
Mangoes-tuperpentine and cultivarsMangifera indicaSmall round fruitIndia5
Lychee TreeLitchii chinesisRed edible fruit formingIndia, SE Asia6
Shell GingerAlpinia zerumbetTranslucent shell like flowers hang in a cluster from the tops of the ginger leaf axilIndia6
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China7

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.

Garden map
Garden Map corresponding to location numbers in above list. Click to download.
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensORIGINLOCATION
Jamaican caperCapparis cynophallophoraWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensFL. Native in Coastal Hammocks1
Simpson’s StopperMyrcianthes fragransRed berriesFL. Native1
FirebushHamelia patensOrange flowersFL. Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Rangoon Creeper VineCombretum indicumRed, pink, and white flowers on one stem with fragranceSE Asia2
Blue Sky VineThunbergia grandifloraBlue flowersIndia2
Mysore Fig or Brown Wooly FigFicus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Night Blooming Cereus attached to Cabbage PalmsHylocereus undatusLarge white blooms at night-4
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed bloomsCaribbean4
Carib Queen TreeTabebuia pallida cultivarFushia flowersCaribbean6
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowersCuba1
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed flowersCaribbean2
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina3
Macadamia Nut TreeMacadamia integrifoliaGreen fruit formingAustralia4
Mangoes-tuperpentine and cultivarsMangifera indicaSmall round fruitIndia5
Lychee TreeLitchii chinesisRed edible fruit formingIndia, SE Asia6
Shell GingerAlpinia zerumbetTranslucent shell like flowers hang in a cluster from the tops of the ginger leaf axilIndia6
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China7

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

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