Return to the Florida Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

2 Impulse Purchases

Posted by shear_stupidity 9B (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 29, 13 at 8:16

Yesterday, I was wandering around Lowe's plant section (which I do a LOT, just for fun) and I "accidentally" bought two things: Variegated Tapioca, and Esperanza. Since I know better than to trust the tags, does anyone have any helpful hints, tips, warnings, planting suggestions, etc.. for either of the two?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

While I do not have specific tips, I can give you my 'course of action' after acquiring new plants (or shortly before). I do a search for the plant in google (scientific names are better than common names) and I include 'Florida' in the search... so.. just for example, I might google, 'Hamelia patens Florida'. Doing this usually results in a link to Floridata and/or UF/IFAS articles on the plant. This is where I get most of my general information regarding caring for my plants. I prefer UF/IFAS articles over Floridata ones as UF/IFAS tends to break down all the little details more than Floridata does.

Best of luck on your new acquisitions!

And my normal method of attack fails in regards to your Variegated Tapioca. I had to scroll way down to find a Floridata article. And I can't find anything on your Esperanza. Do you have a scientific name to go with it?

Here is the Tapioca article: Manihot esculenta

This post was edited by Leekle2ManE on Tue, Jan 29, 13 at 20:22

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

Thanks for the link for the Tapioca! I'll be reading that as soon as I post this message.
The Esperanza... I dug and dug and found the scientific name: Tecoma stans. The tag says just "Esperanza," which apparently isn't even a common name, so I don't know what that was about.
Floridata says common names are: Yellow Elder, Trumpetbush, Yellowbells, and Tronadora.
Here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Floridata Tecoma stans

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

Heh. From the article on the Tecoma stans, it sounds like you could have saved a few bucks by looking in empty lots while driving for 'wild' ones that have escaped cultivation. But it sounds like it is more prone to escaping and spreading in Southern Florida rather than Central Florida.

Again, best of luck on your new acquisitions, keep us updated on how things go. Please.

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

I keep gear in my car for just such excursions. This I have never seen around here. I'm encouraged, though... because Lowe's has one growing it the middle of the parking lot. It's already about 10' tall, so maybe there's hope. I will keep you posted!

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

Is the Esperanza Tecoma stans, a woody vining plant with yellow trumpet-like flowers related to Cape Honeysuckle?

Floridata link here:

Mine's stopped flowering for the time being, but is still bushy and green... Tho who's to say if this is normal for the plant with this crazy weather!

RE: 2 Impulse Purchases

The flowers look the same (to my untrained eye), but the one I bought is a small tree. Lowes had one in their parking lot (also a tree) and it's covered with flowers right now. (Same zone) So I'm not sure if it's the same or not?

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Florida Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here