What's Blooming in June

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
Khaya senegalensis$20
Agave cultivars$6-10
Tillandsias$2-$15
Portulaca, purslane, salvia, vinca, gaura, persian shield, bulbine, pentas, coleus$1.50-5
Michelia figo$10
Angel wing, rhizomatous, odorata$5-10
Various-need to be trained$5-20
Bougainvillea spp.$15
Cryptanthus,and air plants $3-15
Various single plants and arrangements$5-$30
Caladiums$4
Aleurites moluccana$15
Citrus sp. $20-$120
Acalypha spp. various$6-12
Crinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
Clerodendrum’bleeding heart$20
Tabernaemontana diveracata ‘floro pleno’$15
Euphorbia $6
Adenium obesum$10-$50
Hybrid$9
Caesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
Birds Nest, silver lady, macho$10
Odontonema strichtum$15
Ficus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
(Many varieties)$2-5
Handmade using Portland cement, moss, perlite$12-$40
Jasmine sambac Jasmine robusta, $10-$20
Trachelospermum jasminoides, Cestrum nocturnum
Jatropha integerrima$20
Brunfelisa lacteal and gigantea
Oncidium, phalenopsis, dendrobium, Brassovola,$9-$30
Petrea volubilis$10
Foxtail, Royal, Red Latan$10-20
Passiflora sp.$20
Callinadra schultzei$7
Pseudobombax ellipticum$35
Justicia brandegeeana$15
Yucca aloifolia$20
Platycerium bifurcatum$10-20
Small and large$40 to $180
Cordyline varieties$20
Fig, Jackfruit, Avocado, Allspice, Lychee, Mango (Pickering and Mun kun si), Pitomba, grumichama, guava, jaboticaba$25 up
Canaga odorata$20
blue plumbago, pentas, lantana, cannas, porterweed, gaillardia, coreopsis, salvias, milkweed, African bush daisy (euroyps), crossandra, $1.50-20
Sedum, sweet potato vine, alternanthera, pepperomia, hoya, lysmachia (golden globes)$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
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)

White Frangipani
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
Pink TrumpetTabebuia heterophyllaPink trumpet flowersCaribbean3
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
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)

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
Crinum lilyCrinum sp. White spider-like flowersSouth Africa, Asia1
FirespikeOdontonema strictum and Red and purple flowersCentral America1
callistachyum
PorterweedStachytarpheta utricifolia Purple spiked flowersFL Native1

Edison Caretaker's Gardens

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
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowers India to China2
Yellow Star Fruit forming
Ross SapotePouteria sp. Small green fruit formingCentral America3
Barbados CherryMalphigia glabraSmall pink flowersTexas to South America3
Black SapoteDiosypros digynaGreen fruitCentral America4
Egg Fruit or Canistel TreePouteria campechiana ‘trompo’Tiny green fruit formingSouth America4
Orange Geiger TreeCorida sebestenaRound tangerine flowersFlorida Keys 4
Moreton Bay ChestnutCastanospermum australeBright orange flowersAustralia5
Budha Belly JatrophaJatropha padigricaRed and yellow flowers on a long stemCentral America6
Apple Blossom Shower TreeCassia javanicaApricot colored flowersIndonesia1
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataBlue phlox-like flowersSouth Africa2
Strawberry GuavaPsidium cattleianum ‘littoraleTiny green fruit-will be edibleBrazil2
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
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)

Bleeding Heart
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentinaMcGregor side perimeter-outside moonlight garden
White Allamanda 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.Pink rosette flowers/Northern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
‘ white pet’, ‘Marie Pavie’ and ‘Prosperity’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’

Edison Pool Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Water LilyNymphaea sp. Large purple flowersHybrid2
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineGreen berriesFL. Native3
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

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 NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
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
Cockspur Coral TreeEyrthrina crista-galliRed lobster looking bloomsIndia7

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)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Blue MahoeTalipariti elatumLarge simple burgundy flowersJamaica 1
Florida ApricotDovyalis hebecarpa x abyssinicaTart round red fruitFL. Hybrid2
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
Loquat-leaved Fig TreeFicus saussureana Yellow clustered fruit attached directly to the branchesTropical Africa5
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
Confederate jasmineTrachelospermum jasminoidesFragrant white flowersChina2
JacarandaJacaranda mimosifoliaBlue trumpet shaped flowersBolivia, Argentina2
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3
White FrangipaniPlumeria albaCaribbeanCaribbean3

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Orange Geiger TreeCordia sebestenaTangerine colored flowersFL. Keys1
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa2
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia3
Lofty FigFicus altissimaRed fruitIndia4
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
Wild GardeniaGardenia thunbergiaWhite open faced fragrant flowers-rootstock for Gardenia jasminoidesSouth Africa2
White SapoteCasimirioa edulisGreen fruit ripeningMexico and Central America3
JackfruitArtocarpus heterophyllusSmall oval fruits formingIndia3
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauceEast Africa4

Ford Gardens

Joy Perfume Tree
COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Jamaican caperCapparis cynophallophoraWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensFL. Native in Coastal Hammocks1
Simpson’s StopperMyrcianthes fragransFrangrant tiny cream colored powder-puff flowersFL. 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
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America5
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 fruitIndia4
Lychee TreeLitchii chinesisRed edible fruit formingIndia, SE Asia5
Shell GingerAlpinia zerumbetTranslucent shell like flowers hang in a cluster from the tops of the ginger leaf axilIndia5
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China6
Joy Perfume TreeMagnolia x albaWhite fragrant flowersIndia, Indonesia7
Mexican Flame Vine

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 Wednesday at 10:30AM. 

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