Spring Plant Sale Tips

  • Download the Spring Plant Sale brochure containing plant care information as well as information about what to do during the Spring Garden Festival. 
  • There are many plants, but quantities of each species are limited. 
  • There will be plant valets, but you are encouraged to bring a wagon or cart. 
  • Those who bring their own plant cart will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a plant; three winners will be chosen. 
  • If you are hoping to take home a rare, unusual or one-of-a-kind plant, you will want to plan an early start. 
  • Parking is available in the Lowland Parking Field. Enter through "North Entrance"; watch for signs.
  • There will be "plant valets" to help you move your purchases to convenient plant loading areas but you may want to bring a wagon or cart as well.
  • Bring your own cart to enter a raffle where three lucky winners will take home a gorgeous South Florida landscape plant grown by Fairchild horticulturalists! 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot ship or take orders for plants.

A Selection of Spring Plant Sale Plants 

Fairchild will be overflowing with treasured plants specially grown in our nursery and plants propagated from the Garden's own collections. There will also be extensive offerings from local plant vendors who offer both dependable favorites and fascinating new discoveries. Here are but a few from the myriad selection you can expect! 


Baccharis dioica, a 3- to 6-foot shrub with small, closely packed leaves is known as hammock groundsel. It once was found in South Florida, but is now believed to be extirpated in the wild, although it also is native to the West Indies and southern Mexico. Hammock groundsel produces clusters of fragrant, white flowers with distinctive yellow stamens from August through November which attract several kinds of butterflies, including Cassius blue and hairstreaks. Salt tolerant.


Bauhinia jenningsii is a shrub or small tree, native to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  It is well adapted to limestone soils.  The slender tubular red flowers are quite distinctive compared to typical ornamental Bauhinia species.  The leaves are unusual for a Bauhinia because they are entire rather than lobed.
Sun, shade, rare, butterflies, Plot 148

 
Brunfelsia nitida, lady-of-the-night, is a shrub 4-6' tall and native to tropical America. The trumpet-shaped flowers, 4-5" long, are white at first and gradually turn shades of pale yellow.  Lady-of-the-night never shows any insect, disease or nutritional problems.  It does not grow huge or need constant pruning. 
Part sun, butterflies, regular watering, Plot 132, 50, 8 
 

Carica papaya ‘Golden Thai’ is a promising new cultivar that grows less than 6 ft high and produces abundant golden-skinned fruit within easy reach.  It is self-fertile, so a single tree will produce fruit.  The petioles are bright red.  This is a new introduction from seeds collected in Singapore
Sun, water, edible, bees, rare, (not in garden)
 

Corchorus hirsutus, called jackswitch, is a shrub native to the Caribbean.  It produces bright yellow flowers and has velvety leaves.  The leaves are edible after cooking.  It is tolerant of coastal conditions.
Sun, bees, edible leaves, (not in garden) 
 

Ficus deltoidea is a small epiphytic fig from Southeast Asia that does well in containers or in well-drained soil.  This species comes in a bewildering array of different natural forms throughout its range that vary in leaf shape and fig size and color.  This form has distinctive leaves with a “ripple.”  Other forms will be offered in future sales, so you can start your collection now.
sun, part sun, rare, Plot 28
 

Gynura sp.  is a beautiful edible plant with dark green upper leaf surfaces and deep purple leaf undersides.  The leaves are edible fresh or cooked and taste somewhat like spinach.  It is tropical and grows well through both summer and winter in South Florida, so can provide a continuous supply of fresh leaves.  This is a new introduction from the Pasir Panjang Nurseries in Singapore.
sun, part sun, water, rare, edible, butterflies, (not in garden)


Hatiora salicornioides f. bambusoides is a unique epiphytic cactus from Brazil with evenly cylindrical stems that eventually grow upright in contrasts to the typical form of Hatiora salicornioides which has bottle-shaped stems and tends to only sprawl.  It makes an excellent container or hanging basket plant and occasionally produces bright yellow flowers.  This bambusoides form was introduced by the famous Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
sun, part sun, rare, (not in garden)
 

Hibiscus poeppigii, Poeppig's rosemallow, is an endangered species native to southernmost Florida. A medium to large wildflower, it may be found in Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park, in rocky barrens in Monroe County, Mexico, Guatemala, and the West Indies. It is cold sensitive, but salt tolerant and once established, drought tolerant. It produces small pendant red flowers throughout the year. Grow in full to partial sun.
 

Morinda latibractea is found on rock islands of Palau in the South Pacific and develops into a tall shrub or small tree.  It constantly produces showy white bracts around its dense inflorescences.
Sun, part shade, regular water, rare, Plot 128d
 

Nashia inaguensis, commonly called Moujean tea, is a shrub to 8 feet tall native to the Bahamas.  It is much branched, with intriguing small glossy leaves which are aromatic when crushed. Moujean tea can be easily trimmed into formal shapes and is an excellent bonsai plant, inviting observers to come close and view its diminutive details.
full sun, butterflies, rare Plots 102, 158, 164, 19b, 67
 

Rondeletia odorata, commonly called Panama rose, is native to Cuba and Panama. It is actually a member of the Rubiaceae family not a true rose. It is a small shrub with dark green, oval leaves. The showy clusters of crimson flowers with yellow centers appear throughout our rainy season, from June through November.
Sun, butterflies, rare, regular water, Plot 17, 19b, 21, 24, Wings of the Tropics