Six on Saturday – Florida Foliage Fun


There is some marvelously funky foliage that can be grown in Florida. I have succumbed to more that one plant for its foliage alone. The flowers, for the most part, are less than inspiring. Above is a Mammey Croton (Codieaum varigegatum ‘Mammey’). These are dwarf and grow to about 3 feet. They are a foundation planting next to my peach painted house. It’s  tropical fun.


The leaves of a Louisiana Red Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana ‘Louisiana Red’) These are new to my garden, six feet is the mature height, I hope. They are at the back of the butterfly garden.


This is a ‘Raggedy Ann’ Copperleaf, it wasn’t big enough as a mass of color and not being able to find another I put the Louisiana Red beside it. I think this will work out.


Six on Saturday would not be complete without including a Bromeliad. This is a unnamed Neoregelia I enjoy for its  color and size, it is about 2 feet wide.


Another Croton, the Piecrust Croton. Planted in honor of my husband, the piemaker. The leaf edges are crimped like a piecrust.


The groundcover in my Rainforest garden is Zebrina Wandering Jew (Transcandentia zebrina) a common interior hanging basket plant. This is nearly indestructible and thrives in sugar sand.

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Happy Gardening!!


16 comments on “Six on Saturday – Florida Foliage Fun

  1. Wonderful! Love it all, such beautiful exotics. Stay safe and well. 🙂


  2. Those are some great colors and you don’t have to wait for flowers to get color in the garden.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    It’s like you have northern autumn color all year long!

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  4. Those copperleaf! fabulous six

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  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    So exotic and completely different from anything I have here, although I have some similar colours thanks to my autumn leaves.
    The raggedy Ann Is sensational.


  6. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous colours! I only recognize the last one – Tradescantia is one of the few houseplnats I have any luck with and I grow it so it can trail. 😃

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    This sort of foliage is something that lacks in Southern California. It lacks here too, but only because it does not do so well here. Selection in Southern California is rather limited to what is trendy. I believe that it is more interesting in San Diego, where some of the plants that are popular in Florida are slightly more popular. I do not know, but some of the foliage may be less popular because it prefers more humidity.

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