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Plants

If you can’t find the information you need on our plants pages check out the Cornell University Plant Database or Plants for a Future’s Database.

African Blue Basil African Blue Basil

A hardy perennial that will grow year after year with little care. Ours is a disease-resistant hybrid that grows plenty of leaves before the buds appear, giving you more basil than you can likely use.
Buy plant at the Farmers Market

(subject to availability)
Arrowroot tuber Arrowroot

An attractive, shade-loving plant that produces edible tubers a bit like a medium size sweet potato but narrower. The fresh tubers can be cooked in soups or stews or even candied!
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(subject to availability)
Arugula Arugula

A salad herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been cultivated since Roman times and is rich in vitamin C and iron. The leaves add a peppery taste to salads or pesto; and eaten raw or cooked in many other dishes.
Buy seeds at the Farmers Market

(subject to availability)
Blackberry

Wild blackberries excel at colonizing our poor, and extremely acidic sands in North Florida. These blackberries are also hardy and can take all the cold that North Florida can throw at them.
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(subject to availability)
Blueberry

We sell a pair of selectively bred cultivars of this native species, that were developed for agricultural usage: Powederblue and Brightwell. Rabbiteye blueberries require cross-pollination for good fruit set, so these matched varieties are sold as a pair.
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(subject to availability)
Callaloo Callaloo

Grown for its delicious large leaves and soft stems that are enjoyed throughout the Caribbean. It grows fast and tall, and will produce seed even if most of the plant has been eaten. Amaranths are full of vitamins and minerals, and even some protein.
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canna1 Canna

Canna or Queensland arrowroot plant is closely related to the garden canna. It grows 6 or more feet tall and has a small brilliant red flower so it is an excellent backdrop for smaller flowers and herbs.
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(subject to availability)
Oregano Caribbean Oregano

A more succulent and aromatic version of its milder Greek cousin. It may be grown in your vegetable or herb garden or as a potted specimen. The leaves can be used fresh and chopped finely or dried for storage and crumbled.
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(subject to availability)
Chaya Chaya or Sonach Tree

Chaya is about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a dense shrub, native to the Yucatan peninsula. It takes a while to get established and then grows quickly to 6-8 feet tall.
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(subject to availability)
Cherry of the Rio Grande Cherry of the Rio Grande

An evergreen shrub that can grow to 10-20 ft high. Its oblong, sweet, dark-red/purple fruits are 1-2″ long and may be eaten fresh or made into a jelly or jam.
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(subject to availability)
Chickasaw Plum Chickasaw Plum

A low-maintenance tree or shrub that makes a nice addition to a back yard. The small, tart, plum-like fruits ripen in early to mid summer, and may be eaten raw or dried, or made into preserves & jellies.
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subject to availability)
Chinese Red Lettuce Chinese Red Lettuce

This lettuce has been grown in the community garden at UF by people who brought it from Asia. It grows well in the winter and is frost tolerant. A healthy plant should reach about 4 ft tall. The leaves can be eaten in salads and the core is also edible.
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(subject to availability)
nut Chinquapin
A small tree or shrub closely related to the chestnut that is drought and cold tolerant. It produces small edible nuts that can be roasted and eaten like chestnuts.
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(subject to availability)
Cranberry Hibiscuss Cranberry Hibiscus

A striking plant with dramatic purple-red leaves. It contrasts beautifully with green plants in the garden. The flowers can be made into a delicious lemonade. The pleasantly tart leaves can be eaten in salads and stir fries.
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(subject to availability)
Elderberry Elderberry

A shrub found in wet areas. Both the flowers and the berries are edible. The flowers can be battered & fried, made into wine, used for tea, or to flavor vinegar. The berries are best used in jam. They can also be dried and added to baked goods.
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(subject to availability)
Fig Fig

These trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in our area. Our trees are small and bushy, and do well in moist, rich, well drained soil. They were propagated by cuttings from local trees that are growing and producing well.
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(subject to availability)
Flatwoods Plum Flatwoods Plum

Flatwoods or Hog Plum is a small, cold-hardy tree native to the Southeast. Its beautiful, white spring flowers give way to equally attractive summer fruits, which can be enjoyed in jellies, jams, pies and preserves.
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(subject to availability)
India Lettuce

Grown in the summertime, is a wonderful addition to soups and salads. Plant in moist soil in partial shade, and harvest leaves one by one from the bottom, as you would collard greens. Clip the head to encourage growth.
Buy Seeds
Calyx Jamaican Sorrel

Jamaican sorrel or Roselle is a fast-growing hibiscus that grows to about 6′. Its calyxes are harvested in the winter and can be brewed fresh or dried to make a popular Caribbean tea. They can also be used in salads, syrups, jams, jellies, and chutneys.
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(subject to availability)
Katuk Leaves Katuk

A popular vegetable in Southeast Asia, where its leaves, flowers, and asparagus-like tips are enjoyed cooked or raw. The plant should be pruned to 3-6 feet. Edible parts should be harvested during warm months, when flavor is best.
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(subject to availability)
LambsQuarters Lamb’s Quarters

A delicious weed related to spinach. They grow quickly during the spring and summer, providing nutritious leaves when cold weather greens are unavailable.
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Lemon Grass Lemon Grass

A fragrant herb popular in Asian and Caribbean cooking. The inner leaves can be chopped finely, the end of the stalk bruised to release the flavor. It is often used in curries, soups, and for tea. It is delicious with garlic, chilies and cilantro.
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(subject to availability)
Loquat Loquat

An easy-to-grow, low maintenance tree. It produces succulent fruit in the early spring that taste like a combination of peach and apricot. They are delicious in crumbles, pies, jellies, syrups, sauces, chutneys, ice cream and fruit curds!
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(subject to availability)
Maypop Maypop Passion Fruit

A native vine that grows well in sunny areas and all local soil types. It has exquisitely beautiful, purple flowers in the spring. The fruits are uniquely delicious fresh off the vine or added to fruit salads and sauces or jellies.
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(subject to availability)

Florida Water Mint

Florida Water Mint

A native that grows in sunny wet areas. It is commonly found in roadside ditches It may be covered by grasses in the summer, but being frost tolerant, it out-competes them in the winter.
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(subject to availability)
molakhiya Molokhiya

Egyptian spinach is a heat-loving, warm-weather, continuous harvest vegetable. Young green leaves and shoots of this fast growing vegetable are cooked like okra or spinach. They add flavor and texture to soups and stews.
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Moringa Leaves Moringa

A beautiful tree every part of which is edible including flowers, leaves, seeds, pods and roots. It is drought and neglect tolerant but frost sensitive so it needs care when young to survive a couple of Gainesville winters.
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(subject to availability)
Mulberries Red Mulberry

A fast growing deciduous tree that is native to our area and needs very little care. They fruit heavily in the spring. The berries are like a sweet blackberry: they are delicious fresh, in smoothies and fruit salads and they make a yummy jam.
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(subject to availability)
Oak Leaf Lettuce grows well in Gainesville in the winter. They appreciate rich soil. The older leaves can be harvested as available or everything except a couple young leaves can be cut. Buy plant at the Farmers Market

(subject to availability)
Okinawa spinach Okinawa Spinach

An easy-to-grow, attractive perennial vegetable that has half purple, half dark green leaves, It makes a delicious addition to salads, or can be cooked as a potherb.
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(subject to availability)
Pacific Spinach

This fast-growing, edible hibiscus is an excellent warm weather green vegetable that can be eaten raw for maximum nutrition! It is one of the world’s most nutritious leafy green vegetable due to its high protein content.
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(subject to availability)
Pigeon Pea

A short-lived perennial shrub, native to tropical parts of Asia and Africa. It is one of the most important legume crops in rainfed agriculture in the semi-arid tropics. In the absence of freezing weather, it fruits twice a year in grand eruptions of colorful flowers and abundant pea pods.
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(subject to availability)
Pindo Palm Fruit Pindo Palm

A slow growing, cold-hardy tree which grows to 12-15 feet. Its delicious, abundant fruit is worth waiting for – it makes wonderful tropical-tasting jams, jellies, wines, & liqueurs. The seeds can be roasted and brewed as a coffee substitute.
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(subject to availability)
Pomegranate Fruit Pomegranate

A small tree with beautiful spring flowers, grows 15-25 feet tall. Its fruit comprised a myriad crunchy, juicy kernels whose distinctive sweet and tart flavor make them wonderful addition to many sweet and savory dishes. .
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(subject to availability)
Prickly Pear Prickly Pear

The only cactus native to the eastern United States, this one is almost entirely edible. The fruits are beautiful, sweet and tart, while the leaf-like structures resemble green beans in flavor. Harvest with care, avoiding the sharp spines, and enjoy!
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(subject to availability)
Quailgrass3 Quailgrass

Quailgrass is not a true grass but instead belongs to the Amaranth family. The leaves are mild tasting and lack the bitter qualities typical in other amaranths. The leaves contain high levels of protein, calcium, iron vitamins A and C. The spectacular purple blooms are attractive in the garden and as a dried flower.
Buy Seeds
Seminole Pumpkin Seminole Pumpkin

Closely related to the butternut and calabaza pumpkins the Seminole is easy to grow and will keep for up to a year. This variety makes excellent pies, soup, bread, and anything else you might use a butternut or other pumpkin for.
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(subject to availability)
sochan1 Sochan

Sochan or green-headed cone flower, is a wild plant that is native to most of the continental United States. Its leaves are edible (one of the favored greens of the Cherokee) and are best in eaten in the Spring.
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(subject to availability)
sugarcane Sugar Cane

A beautiful, easy-to-grow, perennial grass with an edible stem that can be chewed on, or the milled juice refined into sugar. In North Florida it has historically been used to make cane syrup.
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(subject to availability)
Sumac Berries Sumac

A Florida native – an easy-to-grow, large, deciduous shrub (up to 20′ tall) that produces edible clusters of tart red fruit in the fall from which refreshing, pink lemonade can be made.
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(subject to availability)
Sunchoke

Sunchoke or Jerusalem Artichoke, is a tall (7 feet) easily grown vegetable with a sunflower like bloom and an edible tuber which can be eaten raw or baked, fried, steamed, sautéed or mashed.
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(subject to availability)
Wild Onion

This onion species can be found growing along roadsides and fields all across North America. Where they grow during different seasons to adapt to local conditions. Every part of it is edible!
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(subject to availability)
Yacon

The plant needs about a year to establish itself before it starts producing its delicious lightly sweet roots with a texture reminiscent of jicama. The tubers can be eaten raw, baked like a potato, or cut up for stir frying.
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(subject to availability)
Yuca

A delicious starchy root vegetable that is grown extensively in the poor soils of the tropics. It is a tall, graceful, easy-to-grow plant and one of the most drought tolerant crops in existence.
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(subject to availability)

Candid nursery tour by Brian

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19 comments to Plants

  • MANON

    THE MULBERRY TREE LOOKS PRETTY AND THE FRUIT TASTES GREAT, JUST TO EAT OFF THE TREE OR IN ALL KIND OF DESSERTS. HOWEVER, THE BIRDS LOVE THEM TOO AND MAKE A BIG MESS AROUND THE TREE. WHEN EVER YOU STEPP ON A FRUIT ON THE GROUND YOU BETTER WASH OFF YOUR SHOES BEFORE YOU CARRY IT IN THE HOUSE, THE STAINS ON THE CARPET OR ON YOUR CLOTHES ARE PRETTY MUCH PERMANENT. IT TAKES A LOT OF PATION TO MAKE JAM OUT OF THIS FRUIT, A LOT OF WORK BUT THE END RESULT IS DELICIOUS.

  • i just wanted to say some plants im having great luck with here are pinapples and peanuts growing like weeds..i love mulberries so much.. i have one tiny mulberry tree that should fruit this season and can not wait to have mulberries again.. i havent had them since i was a kid ..is there any way you could send me some seeds from your basil or your pumpkins? i still hope to get to visit you all sometime and trade plants..ive been swamped lately which is good..just did the farmers market for the first time and had a blast..im trying to get a farmers market started here in edgewater, the closest one is so far away. wish me luck..do you all have beautyberries there ? i just made a pie with beautyberries, blackberries and blueberries and it was fantastic, theyre such a neat color. we just made home made peanut brittle for the first time from our first peanut crop.. it was really good and easy to make..peanut butter too..hope you all are doing great and happy holly days !

  • Miranda

    hey heidi – my mulberry trees have fruited from the first year when they were just 2 feet high … each year more feets and more fruits! miranda

  • Jackie

    Gooooo loquats! By far one of the easiest trees to grow in the Gainesville area. The only problem I’ve ever encountered with mine is lack of space for the fruit I harvest! These past few years I’ve had to give in and let the birds and squirrels help! 😉

    My daughter and I both love to step outside for a snack, between our local oranges, loquats, and plum trees.

  • John Hayes

    Has anybody tried to grow Strawberry Trees (arbutus)? The fruits are bland alone, but take on a new dimension when roasted with honey and meat, or blended with elderberries, blueberries, and mayhaws, as was traditional in ancient Ireland.

  • beautiful job!! Check this http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/fruitscapes/ Fruitscapes video & resource page

  • brian

    hi, for mulberries, just put a tarp under the tree, shake the hell out of the leaves & branches & catch them below. Then fold it up into a bucket. :0)

  • Nilda Sessler

    Hi. I thought I heard on the radio that edible landscaping plants would be available for sale on Saturday April 3,in Gainesville, Fl. Was this mistaken on my part? I work in Citrus during the week and cannot make it to the Wednesday market day. Is there any other way to buy some of these plants that are available for sale. Thanks.
    Nilda Sessler, Dunnellon, Florida

  • jennifer simon

    I just love all he stuff i got from u guys.

  • Linda

    Wonderful site! I am just discovering my passion for edible gardening; can’t wait till I can really dig in and digest all of this … 2 questions:
    Do you sell Mulberry Trees or do you know who, in this area, does? I have been searching and desperately want one, and what are your nursery hours when I could come pay a visit? Thanks!

  • Jason

    I’m growing 2 strawberry trees in NE Levy CO.They are 2 years old and are doing very well.No flowers,fruits yet.Once they’ve established I do little for them.Very hardy.

  • chia! we are at the downtown farmer’s market the first wednesday of each month – come see us there – call michael if you want to be sure we shall have some loquats for you …

  • wendyleela

    Doesn’t Elderberry require a lot of care before
    it is not poisonous?We have 2 kinds growing in our yard.The red berries are said to be deadly,the blue ones are inedible unless cooked?
    but the stalks are toxic unless dried.kids used to make flutes after drying,but if at all green it was poisoned?Afraid but curious as to HOW to harvest.

  • You guys are awesome. Every community needs its own version of the EPP!

  • Judi Plum

    I am unfamiliar with arrowroot pindo palm and Sochan. Very exciting! Would Pindo Palm be hardy in Zone 8 South Alabama? Would you also be at farmer’s market on a saturday? How late? Hard to tell right now when I could make the road trip.

  • Hi Judi – we are gardening zone 8b here – i’m sure the pindo palm will grow where you live – not sure if it will fruit there – you’ll want to plant it on a south facing, protected wall to get the best chance of it thriving … we only do the wednesday farmer’s market – could you visit our nursery on a sunday maybe?

  • Potters weed looks like rattan purple flowers,edible taste like shin take mushrooms.dried green leaves tea.grows any where.

  • Excelente colección de plantas comestibles.

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