Plant of the Month
Jensen Beach Garden Club held their first meeting of the
2017-2018 season on October 18th at the Vincent
Bocchino Community Center. At the meeting, Co-President Gail Rounds announced
that in partnership with Hoke Library, the JBGC’s newest project is the “Plant
of the Month”. At each
month’s meeting, the club will present a native or Florida friendly plant to its
members, describing its history with instructions on how to grow, propagate and
maintain the plant.
plant will then be displayed in the library, exchanging it each month with a new
“Plant of the Month”. Each
month’s previous plant will then be planted at one of the local public gardens
maintained by our club. This new project will help us to educate our members and
introduce library visitors and the public to new plants each month while
allowing us to improve and grow their gardens.
Plant of the Month is the Blue Flower Passion Vine (Passiflora
The early Spanish explorers saw religious symbolism in the amazing flower of
this vine. They named it
the “Passion Flower” as it suggested to them the Passion of Christ.
classic butterfly attractors, passion vines make a wonderful addition to any
butterfly garden. The
fast growing, profusely flowering vine,
has many native and Florida friendly varieties.
There are over 400 varieties of the Passion Flower Vine and this
Florida favorite comes in showy colors from purple, to blue, to red and all
colors in between.
is known locally
as Maypop. This month’s featured plant, the blue-flowered
while non-native, acts as a host plant to four varieties of caterpillars and
(Agraulis vanillae); the Zebra Longwing
charitonius); Julia (Dryas iulia) and the Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta
claudia). The Passion Flower in any of its varieties will make a great addition
to any butterfly garden.
careful placement with room to grow is important to its success.
It should be grown in a
sunny spot over a trellis, fence, arbor or shrubs, with plenty of room to
spread. It requires a light, well mulched, evenly moist soil. It has a proven
hardiness in USDA Zones 6-9.
In cold weather climates, the plant will die back to the ground but
recover in the spring. It is also drought tolerant. Propagation is done through
seeds and cuttings.
public is encouraged to stop in at the Hoke Library, at
1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach
to learn everything
you ever wanted to know
about these Florida plants and how they may fit into your garden. And while
you’re there, be sure to visit the garden at the back of the library and you
just may see one of our previous Plants of the Month and the many butterflies it
The 2017-2018 JBGC Yearbook is available online!
Since it is the most readily available format, it can be viewed as a PDF
For security purposes the file is password protected. I sent an email with the
password to each member. If you need it again, or are having
a problem viewing it, please contact me at
I hope you find your 2017-2018 Jensen Beach Garden Club Yearbook useful.
Please click on the book icon above.