nitrogen fixers

Nitrogen-fixing plants are simply plants that take nitrogen (one of the most important elements for plant health) out of the air and store it in their system.  Once the plant is cut back or the leaves are thrown into the soil to decompose, this valuable nitrogen is released back into the soil to benefit all the other plants.

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…

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…

Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle

The Wax Myrtle, or Southern Bayberry aka Myrica Cerifera is a fast-growing, Florida native shrub. These beneficial shrubs can grow up to 20′ tall, the leaves can be used like Bay leaves and the smell is said to naturally repel mosquitoes and fleas, and a variety of wildlife loves to eat the berries which can…