What's Blooming in November

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
Assorted Flowering Annualsblue daze, bulbine, pentas crossandra, scaevola or fan flower, vinca, lobelia, bacopa, wire vine$1.50-5
Baby Banyans Ficus benghalensis$15
Begonias Angel wing, rhizomatous, odorata$5-10
Bonsai quality plants Various-need to be trained$5-20
Carissa
Brazilian Cloak $21
BromeliadsCryptanthus, Tillandsias, Neoreglia, Aechmeas $3-15
Cactus and succulentsVarious single plants and arrangements$5-$30
CandlenutAleurites moluccana$15
Copperleaf and Chenille shrubsAcalypha spp. various$12
Crinum liliesCrinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
ClerodendrumClerodendrum ’bleeding heart’, pagoda flower, musical notes, light bulb, $20
Crepe jasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘floro pleno’$15
Crown of Thorns 6 and 1 gallonEuphorbia $6-$15
Dwarf Pitch AppleClusea rosea ‘nana’$7
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima orange$10-$25
FernsHolly, Wart, Elkhorn, $10
Flowering Trees African Golden Shower, Pink Hummingbird, Yellow and Orange Geiger Trees, Jamaican Rain Tree, White Champaca, Royal Poinciana, Bridal Veil Tree, Tropical Lilac Tree, Verawood, Jacaranda, $20-$100
Grafted Gardenia ‘Miami Supreme’Gardenia jasminoides$25
Green Island FicusFicus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
Herbs and VeggiesMany varieties $1-5
HibiscusHibiscus rosa-sinesis cultivars$15-$65
Hypertufa potsHandmade using Portland cement, moss, perlite$12-$40
IxoraIxora varieties$10
Jasmine-arabian,star, and confederate, and night bloomingJasmine sambac Jasmine robusta, $10-$20
Trachelospermum jasminoides, Cestrum nocturnum
Lady and Princess of the NightBrunfelisa lacte, nitida, and gigantea$20
Moringa-Horseradish TreeMoringa oleifera$10
MusseandaMusseanda varieties$15
Orange Bird of ParadiseStrelizia reginae$21
OrchidsVarious varieties along with Orchid supplies$5-$50
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Red Latan, Puerto Rican Hat$10-35
Passion VinePassiflora sp.$20
Powder puff ShrubsCallinadra schultzei, suranemensis, and haematocephala pink form and white form$21
SancheziaSanchezia$12
Sea GrapeCocoloba uvifera$13-$25
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgata$7-$20
Strawberry Pots large$180
Tropical Fruit TreesFig, Jackfruit, Avocado, Allspice, Lychee, Mango, Pitomba, grumichama, guava, jaboticaba, Miracle Fruit, Carambola(starfruit), Mulberry$25 up
Yellow allamandaAllamanda cathartica$10
Ylang Ylang TreeCanaga odorata$20
Various Butterfly/Native Plants pentas, lantana, porterweed, , milkweed, cassias, firecracker, dutchman’s pipevine, passion vine, mist flower, jatropha$1.50-20
Various container additionsSedum, sweet potato vine, pepperomia, hoya, lysmachia (golden globes)$2-$8
Various vinesBlue glory vine, mysore clock vine, mandevilla, allamanda cherries jubilee, Wild yellow allamanda, shower of orchids vine, passion vine $20-30
Walking IrisMany varieties-Trimezias, Neomarcias, Dietes$4-20
White CandlesWhitfeldia elongata$17

Plants Currently Blooming with Fruit or Seedpods

Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
CopperpodPeltophorum pterocarpumCopper-colored seed podsSE Asia1
Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Sausage TreeKigelia africanaBurgundy flowersAfrica1
Yellow IxoraIxora coccineaYellow star shaped flowers in grouped in a large clusterSE Asia2
African Tulip TreeSpathodea campanulataLarge orange upright flowersAfrica4
Devil TreeAlstonia scholarisSmall fragrant white flowersSE Asia & Australia5
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns, poinsettiaVarious rubber plants for white latex Worldwide6

Edison Heritage Garden

(Next to Ticket Office)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
BougainvilleaBougainvillea ‘Daniel Bacon and Margaret Bacon’ Watermelon colored bracts and purple colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crinum lilyCrinum sp. White spider-like flowersSouth Africa, Asia2
Milky Way TreeStemmandenia littoralisFunny seedpodTropical America2
Shrub VincaKopsia fruiticosaPink flowersIndia2
Butterfly Plants Various host and nectar plants Tropical Sage, Porterweeds, Golden Dewdrop, Jatropha, Privet cassia, milkweed, white vine, passionvine, coral honeysuckle, blue plumbago pentas, blue pea vine, sweet almond bush, lantanaFL Natives2 & 5
Pin Cushion TreeSarcocephala latifoliusPin cushion creamy white ballsAfrica3
Yellow Geiger TreeCordia luteaYellow clustered trumpet shaped flowersTropical America4
Lily of the Valley Tree or MakokEleocarpus grandiflorus Drooping white flowersSE Asia4
Papaya, Paw PawCarica papaya Creamy drooping flowersNative 5
Lucky Nut, Yellow OleanderThevetia peruviana Light yellow flowersCentral America, Mexico5
Wildflower GardenVarious wildflower speciesBeach sunflower, twinflower, wild petunia, coreopsis, yellowtop, tropical sage, scorpions tail, mulhy grass, FL. Natives6

Estates Butterfly Garden

(Behind Heritage Garden)

Nectar and host plants necessary for native butterflies - zinnia, porterweed, passion vine, lantana, salvia, galliardia, pentas, milkweed, bahama cassia, desert cassia, yellowtop, goldenrod, firespike, butterfly bush (buddleia).

Edison Estates Area

(Edison Caretaker's House, Pool, Edison Little Office & Estates Coconut Grove)

Cross McGregor Blvd and proceed along sidewalk to entrance/security gate.

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia1
Frangipani Plumeria pudica, and rubra (many hybrid colors)Pink, white, and yellowMexico, Central and South America, Caribbean2
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
Golden Rain TreeKoelreuteria paniculataSalmon colored seed podsSE Asia3
Lipstick Tree or AnnatoBixa orellanaLarge light pink flowersTropical 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
Golden Chalice VineSolandra maxima Creamy yellow trumpet shaped flowersMexico, Central America, Ecuador4
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
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific3
Lipstick or AnnattoBixa orellanoPink flowersTropical America3
Coral PlantJatropha multifidaTiny red flowersMexico4
Miracle FruitSynsepalum dulcificum
Red Button GingerCostus woodsoniiYellow edible flowers emerging from red bractsSE ASia1
Pine Cone GingerZingeber zerumbetGreen pine cone shaped flowers-will turn redOrigin unknown1
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider like bloomsIndia2
Chenille PlantAcalphya hispidaRed droops of flowersSouth Pacific3
Dwarf PoincianaCaesalpinia pulcherrimaSeparate trees bear Red or pink flowered West Indies3
Wild PlumbagoPlumbago scandensWhite flowersNative to FL. 4
BeautyberryCallicarpa americanaPurple berriesNative to FL. 4

Edison Moonlight Garden

(Next to Edison Caretaker's House & Edison 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.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’

Mina Edison Rose Garden

(Next to Edison Ford House)

A formal garden of antique roses has been installed on the north side of the Edison House. This represents Mrs. Edison’s interest in roses. 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
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

Edison Estate Area Riverside

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Cycad collection Many genus and speciesOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia1
Blue MahoeTalipariti elatumBurgundy flowersCaribbean2
PersimmonDiospyros virginianaSmall red fruitSE USA4
Turks Cap or Sleepy HibiscusMalvaviscus penduliflorusScarlet flowers that appears to not have openedMexico to Central America4
Loquat-leaved FigFicus saussureanaYellow fruitTropical Africa5
Roxburgh Fig TreeFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina6
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama2
Pink Silk Floss TreeCeiba speciosaPink flowersSouth America2
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3
White FrangipaniPlumeria albaCaribbeanCaribbean3

Pergola and McGregor Boulevard side of Edison Main
& Guest House

The area of the pergola between the Edison and Guest house has been newly planted with specimens both historical and modern in accordance with the 1928-1930 maps.

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
Orange Geiger TreeCordia sebestenaTangerine colored flowersFL. Keys1
AkeeBlighia sapida5 lobed red flowers-poinsonousTropical West Africa2
Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia3
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaYellow star-shaped fruit and pink flowersIndia4
LonganDimocarpus longan Brown rounded fruitIndia5
Ylang Ylang TreeCananga odorataYellow fingerlike fragrant flowers-perfume tree essential oil in Chanel #5SE Asia1
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauce-tiny yellow flowersEast Africa2
Blue Sky Vine Thunbergia grandifloraLarge blue flowersIndia3

Ford Estate

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Green ButtonwoodConocarpus erectusSmall green berry-type fruitFL. Caribbean1
Simpson’s StopperMyrcianthes fragransRed berriesFL. Native1
FirebushHamelia patensOrange flowersFL. Native1
Satin Leaf TreeChryophyllum oliviformeTiny yellow flowersFL. Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Louis Phillipe and Clotidle Soupert RosesRosa sp.- Old garden rosesPink and light red flowersChina2
Mysore Fig or Ficus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Brown Wooly Fig
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed and whiteBolivia4
powder-puff flowers
Carib Queen TreeTabebuia haemanthasFushia colored flowersPuerto Rico5
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowers, also a pink varietyCuba1
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina2
Starfruit Averrhoa carambola ‘Fwang Tung’Tiny pink flowers with yellow star-shaped fruitTropical Asia2
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa3
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China4
Morton Bay FigFicus macrophyllaYellow fruitAustralia5

Note: Orchids and Bromeliads are in bloom in various locations throughout the Estates 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.

Estates Garden Shoppe open daily 9AM - 5:30PM. 
Botanical Tours
offered every Tuesday and Saturday at 10AM. 

For more Estates Gardens information on "What's Blooming in November" contact the Estates Horticulturist at 239-334-7419!