drought tolerant

prickly pear cactus

prickly pear cactus

We grow the spineless variety of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ellisiana) for our sulcata tortoise. This plant is a hybrid, bred to not have large spikes, but they still have little splinters (glochids) that will get in your skin if you aren’t careful. Edible I knew the pads, flowers, and fruit of the prickly pear…

spurred butterfly pea

spurred butterfly pea

Spurred Butterfly Pea (centrosema virginianum) is a Florida native vining perennial. These fragile fines can grow up to 6 feet long or more at a moderate growth rate and when in bloom, it has lavender/pink pea-like flowers. This Florida native grows in zones 7-10 and flowers most of the year but more so in the…

chaya (aka tree spinach)

chaya (aka tree spinach)

Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) aka spinach tree is one of my favorite plants in our zone 9b food forest. For so many reasons: One of our most visited pollinator plants. Fast growing, great for chop & drop. super easy to propagate by cuttings edible when cooked. great survival plant. Chaya as a pollinator plant The flowers…

Partridge Pea

Partridge Pea

Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) is a nitrogen-fixing, Florida native pollinator plant that feeds a wide variety of wildlife and is a host plant to many caterpillars. florida native partridge pea Partridge pea grows in hardiness zones 3-9 and can be grown simply by tossing the seeds where you want them to grow. The edible seeds…

cowpeas

cowpeas

Cowpeas are super easy to grow, they provide a lot of edible beans that you can replant back into the yard each year for a never-ending supply of bean plants. Cowpeas grow well in warm weather, so as your other bean plants are fading out in the summer, these guys will still be going strong….

candlestick cassia

candlestick cassia

Candlestick cassia is a popular permaculture plant in our zone 9 food forest. They are wonderful fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing chop-and-drop plants that are buzzing with pollinators when in bloom. We sell our seeds on eBay here if you would like to start your own. Also Known As: Candle Bush, Senna Alata, Cassia Alata Fabaceae, Candletree, Candlestick…

false roselle | cranberry hibiscus

false roselle | cranberry hibiscus

False Roselle aka Cranberry Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) is one of my favorite plants in our food forest garden. The beautiful leaves, flowers, and calyx are edible, it is fast-growing, super easy to propagate from cuttings or seeds, and is a great supporter of pollinators and wildlife in the garden. The beautiful edible flowers are only…