What's Blooming in May

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:

African MahoganyKhaya senegalensis$20
AgaveAgave cultivars$6-10
Air plants Tillandsias$2-$15
Assorted Flowering Annuals Marigold, celosia ,salvia, vinca, gaura, persian shield, bulbine, pentas, coleus$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,and air plants $3-15
Cactus and succulentsVarious single plants and arrangements$5-$30
Caladiums bulbs and plantsCaladiums$4
CandlenutAleurites moluccana$15
Citrus various sizes Citrus sp. $20-$120
Copperleaf ShrubsAcalypha spp. various$6-12
Crinum liliesCrinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
ClerodendrumClerodendrum’bleeding heart$20
Crotons magnificent Croton sp. $6-20
Crown of Thorns 6 Euphorbia $6
Desert RoseAdenium obesum$10-$50
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
FernsBirds Nest, silver lady, macho$10
Firespike (red and purple)Odontonema callistachyum an strichtum$15
Green Island FicusFicus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
Herbs and Herb Bowls (Many varieties)$2-$12.95
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
Orchid plants, growing mixes, fertilizers, orchid potsOncidium, phalenopsis, dendrobium, Brassovola,$9-$30
Queen’s WreathPetrea volubilis$10
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Red Latan$10-20
Passion VinePassiflora sp.$20
Pink Powder puffCallinadra schultzei$7
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticum$35
Shrimp PlantJusticia brandegeeana$15
Spanish BayonnetYucca aloifolia$20
Staghorn fernsPlatycerium bifurcatum$10-20
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$25 up
Ylang YlangCanaga odorata$20
Various Butterfly/Native Plants blue plumbago, pentas, lantana, cannas, porterweed, gaillardia, coreopsis, salvias, milkweed, African bush daisy (euroyps), crossandra, $1.50-20
Various container additionsSedum, sweet potato vine, alternanthera, pepperomia, hoya, lysmachia (golden globes)$2-$8

Plants Currently Blooming with Fruit or Seedpods


(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.

Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America1

Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Bo TreeFicus religiosaTiny fruit on the stemsSE Asia2
Tung OilVernica fordiigreen pear –shaped fruitSE Asia3
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticumPink flowers Mexico, Central America4
Indian Jujube tree Ziziphus mauritianaTiny green apple-like fruitAfrica, Asia1
Sausage TreeKigelia africanaBurgundy flowersAfrica2
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
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns, poinsettiaVarious rubber plants for white latex Worldwide5

Banyan Tree Area

Lofty Fig or Council TreeFicus altissimaRed fruitSE Asia5
Banyan TreeFicus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripening redIndia6
(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.

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

Edison Caretaker's Gardens

Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia1
Belinda’s Dream RoseRosa sp. Large pink Hybrid1
Frangipani Plumeria pudica, alba, and rubra (many hybrid colors)Pink, white, and yellowMexico, Central and South America, Caribbean2
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
Moreton Bay ChestnutCastanospermum australeBright orange flowersAustralia5
Budha Belly JatrophaJatropha padigricaRed and yellow flowers on a long stemCentral America6
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataBlue phlox-like flowersSouth Africa1
Gardenia Gardenia jasminoidesFragrant white flowerChina2
Crepe JasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘floro pleno’Creamy white rose like bloomsIndia, SE Asia2
Golden ChampacaMagnolia champacaGreen clustered seed podsChina, India, SE Asia2
Hong Kong Orchid (sterile)Bauhinia x blakeanaPurplish-red flowers Hong Kong2
Ground OrchidEpidendrum radicansOrange flowersCentral America2
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific3
Annato or Lipstick PlantBixa orellanoRed seed podsTropical America3
FrangipaniPlumeri rubra yellowTropical America4
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)

Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentinaEast side perimeter
Bougainvillea, ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea spectabilis Red bracts; BrazilSurrounds moonlight garden perimeter
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. ‘ white pet’, ‘Marie Pavie’ and ‘Prosperity’Pink rosette flowers/White clustered flowersNorthern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
BougainvilleaB spectabilisWhite bractsBrazilIn the beds
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia suaveolensSalmon coloredSE BrazilSouth side perimeter and East side perimeter
And white ‘Super Nova’

Edison Pool Area

Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Louisiana irisIris hexagona and virginica Blue, lavender, purple, pinkNative and Hybrids2
Water LilyNymphaea sp. Large purple flowersHybrid2
Louisiana irisIris hexagona and virginica Blue, lavender, purple, pinkNative and Hybrids2
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineGreen berriesFL. Native3
Coconut Palms Cocos nuciferaGreen fruitCaribbean, Pan-tropics4
FrangipaniPlumeri rubra Yellow, white, pink, and bicoloredTropical America5

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.

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

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

Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth 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 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 FigFicus saussureana Yellow clustered fruit attached directly to the branchesTropical Africa5
Roxburgh FigFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina6
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama1
Confederate jasmineTrachelospermum jasminoidesFragrant white flowersChina1
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa1
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia2
Inch plantTradescania zebrinaPurple bloomsMexico2
Lofty FigFicus altissimaRed fruitIndia3
Cherries Jubilee AllamandaAllamanda cathartica ‘cherries jubilee’Large pink flowers on a vineTropical America1
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticumPink shaving brush type flowersMexico, Central America1
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
White SapoteCasimirioa edulisGreen fruit ripeningMexico and Central America4
JackfruitArtocarpus heterophyllusSmall oval fruits formingIndia4
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauceEast Africa5

Ford Gardens

Jamaican caperCapparis cynophallophoraWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensFL. Native in Coastal Hammocks1
Satin LeafChrysohyllum oliviformeGreen fruit looks like olivesFlorida Native1
Simpson’s StopperMyrcianthes fragransFrangrant tiny cream colored powder-puff flowersFL. Native1
AllspicePimenta dioicaTiny yellow flowersMexico, Central America, Caribbean1
FirebushHamelia patensOrange flowersFL. Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Blue Sky VineThunbergia grandifloraBlue flowersIndia2
Mysore Fig or Brown Wooly FigFicus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Carib QueenTabebuia pallida cultivarFushia flowersCaribbean4
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowersCuba1
Red Powderpuff ShrubsCalliandra haematocephalaRed brush-like flowersBrazil1
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina2
Macadamia Nut TreeMacadamia integrifoliaGreen fruit formingAustralia3
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China4
Shell GingerAlpinia zerumbetTranslucent shell like flowers hang in a cluster from the tops of the ginger leaf axilIndia5
Joy Perfume TreeMagnolia x albaWhite fragrant flowersIndia, Indonesia5

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