What's Blooming in September

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 Annuals Portulaca & purslane, blue daze, bulbine, pentas crossandra,Torenia, scaevola or fan flower$1.50-5
Baby Banyans Ficus benghalensis$15
Begonias Angel wing, rhizomatous, odorata$5-10
Bonsai quality plants Carissa Various-need to be trained$5-20
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 up to 1 gallonEuphorbia $6-$15
Dwarf Pitch AppleClusea rosea ‘nana’$7
Dwarf PoincianaCaesealapinia pulcherrima$10-$25
FernsBirds Nest, silver lady, macho$10
Flowering TreesPink Shower, African Shower, Pink Hummingbird, Geiger Trees, $20-$70
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, Trachelospermum jasminoides, Cestrum nocturnum$10-$20
Lady and Princess of the NightBrunfelisa lacteal and gigantea
Moringa-Horseradish TreeMoringa oleifera$5
Orange Bird of ParadiseStrelizia reginae$21
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Red Latan$10-35
Passion VinePassiflora sp.$20
Pink Powder puffCallinadra schultzei and Calliandra suranemensis$7-$15
Pinwheel JasmineTabernaemontana sp. $14
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticum$35
Sea GrapeCocoloba uvifera$13-$25
Staghorn fernsPlatycerium bifurcatum$10-20
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgata$7
Strawberry Pots large$180
Tropical Fruit TreesFig, Jackfruit, Avocado, Allspice, Lychee, Mango, Pitomba, grumichama, guava, jaboticaba, Miracle Fruit, Carambola(starfruit), Mulberry$25 up
Ylang Ylang TreeCanaga odorata$20
Various Butterfly/Native Plants pentas, lantana, porterweed, , milkweed, cassias, firecracker, dutchman’s pipevine, passion vine, mist flower$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, poison arrow vine, Wild yellow allamanda, shower of orchids vine, $20-30
Walking IrisMany varieties-Trimezias, Neomarcias, Dietes$4-20
White CandlesWhitfeldia elongate$17

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)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
CopperpodPeltophorum pterocarpumCopper-colored seed podsSE Asia1
Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Pink TrumpetTabebuia heterophyllaPink trumpet flowersArgentina, Mexico, Caribbean2
Bo TreeFicus religiosaTiny fruit on the stemsSE Asia3
Kassod TreeCassia siameaYellow erect flower spikeS.E. Asia3
CecropiaCecropia palmata Green finger shaped flowers-large leaves with white undersurfaceSouth America4
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaVarious shades of orange to red flowers Caribbean5
Sausage TreeKigelia africanaBurgundy flowersAfrica1
Yellow IxoraIxora coccineaYellow star shaped flowers in grouped in a large clusterSE Asia2
FrangipaniPlumeria rubra ‘white’White flowers with yellow center3
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns, poinsettiaVarious rubber plants for white latex Worldwide4

Banyan Tree Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Lofty Fig or Council TreeFicus altissimaRed fruitSE Asia1
Banyan Tree (Edison signature tree)Ficus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripening redIndia2
Ixora or Flame of the WoodsIxora chinesisBright red flowers in clustersSouth China3
Cape HoneysuckleTecomaria capensis ‘orange marmalade’Bright orange tubular flowersSouth Africa4

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
Milky Way TreeStemmandenia littoralisWhite fragrant flowersTropical America1
PorterweedStachytarpheta utricifolia Purple spiked flowersFL Native1
Spider LilyHymenocallis littorale White spider type flowersFL Native1
Jerusalem Thorn TreeParkinsonia aculeataTiny yellow flowersCentral America2
Pin Cushion TreeSarcocephala latifoliusPin cushion creamy white ballsAfrica3
VerawoodBulnesia arborea Yellow flowersColumbia, Venezuela4
Lucky Nut, Yellow OleanderThevetia peruviana Light yellow flowersCentral America, Mexico5

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
Lady of the Night Brunfelsia plicataWhite tubular flowersCentral America2
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowers Yellow Star Fruit formingIndia to China3
GambogeGarcinia xanthochymusGreen fruit formingChina, India, SE Asia, 3
Ross SapotePouteria sp. Small green fruit formingCentral America3
Barbados CherryMalphigia emarginataPink flowers forming small red fruit high in Vitamin CWest Indies3
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
Apple Blossom Shower TreeCassia javanicaApricot colored flowersIndonesia1
Strawberry GuavaPsidium cattleianum ‘littoraleTiny green fruit turning redBrazil2
Yellow Strawberry GuavaPsidium catteianum Tiny green fruit turning yellowBrazil2
Crape Myrtle TreeLagerstroemia indicaLight Pink clustered flowersChina2
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
Ground OrchidEpidendrum radicansOrange flowersCentral America2
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific3
MangoMangifera indica ‘Haden’ and ‘Kent’Large oval tasty fruitIndia4
Red Button GingerCostus woodsoniiYellow edible flowers emerging from red bractsSE ASia1
Indian GingerAlpinia calcarataWhite shell-like flowers at terminal ends of spikesIndia1
Pine Cone GingerZingeber zerumbetGreen pine cone shaped flowers-will turn redOrigin unknown1
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
Mexican Bird of Paradise Caesalepinia mexicanaYellow flowersTexas & Mexico3

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 flowers Tropical South AmericaInside moonlight on McGregor side
Bougainvillea, ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea spectabilis Red bracts; white flowersBrazilSurrounds moonlight garden perimeter
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/White clustered flowersNorthern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
Water liliesNymphea hybridsPink, purple, lilac flowersTropical HybridInside reflecting pool
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia suaveolensSalmon colored and white ‘Super Nova’SE BrazilSouth side perimeter and East side perimeter

Edison Pool Area

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Pond AppleAnnona glabra Round green fruitFL. Native2
Water LilyNymphaea sp. Large purple flowersHybrid3
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineRed 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 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
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
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
Pink Trumpet TreeTabebuia heterophyllaPink trumpet flowersWest Indies5
Yellow allamandaAllamanda catharticaYellow trumpet shaped flowerSouth America6
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider flowersChina6

Edison Guest House Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth Africa2
Kings MantleThunbergia erectaBlue flowersIndia2
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata ‘alba’White flowersSouth Africa3
Crepe jasmineTabernaemontana diveracata ‘flora plena’Double white flowersIndia3
Sausage TreeKiglea pinnataFruits forming held on pendulous strands Tropical Africa 4
Crape MyrtleLagerstroemia speciosa hybridPurple flowersChina/Korea5
Travelers PalmRaveneala madagascarensisLarge white flowersMadagascar6

Edison Gardens (Riverside)

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Cycad collection Many genus and speciesOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia1
Turks Cap or Sleepy HibiscusMalvaviscus penduliflorusScarlet flowers that appears to not have openedMexico to Central America2
Roxburgh Fig TreeFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina3
Candelnut Tree, Kukui Nut TreeAleurites moluccanusSmall white clustered flowers produces fuzzy round green fruitAustralia 1
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama2
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 NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGIN
MangoesMangifera indicaOval green, yellow to red fruit depending on ripenessIndia1
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

Ford Gardens

COMMON NAMEBOTANICAL NAMEDESCRIPTIONORIGINLOCATION
Jamaican caperCapparis cynophallophoraWhitish-pink flowers with large white stamensFL. Native in Coastal Hammocks1
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
Rangoon Creeper VineCombretum indicumRed, pink, and white flowers on one stem with fragranceSE Asia2
Mysore Fig or Brown Wooly FigFicus drupaceaDark colored oval fruitS.E. Asia3
Night Blooming Cereus attached to Cabbage PalmsHylocereus undatusLarge white blooms at night-Mexico4
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powder-puff flowersBolivia4
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed bloomsCaribbean5
Carib Queen TreeTabebuia pallida cultivarFushia flowersCaribbean6
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowers, also a pink varietyCuba1
MangoesMangifera indicaFruit on Kent and Keitt cultivarsIndia cultivars1
Royal PoincianaDelonix regiaRed flowersCaribbean2
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina3
Mangoes-tuperpentine and cultivarsMangifera indicaSmall round fruitIndia4
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa5
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China6

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