Thanks to its semi-tropical climate and large size, there is an impressive variety of Florida native plants...over 2,800 species. Florida is the third most floristically diverse state in the US.
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Thanks to its Gulf Coast climate and large size, there is an impressive variety of Florida native plants...over 2,800 species. Florida is the third most floristically diverse state in the US. Florida native plants include plenty of tropical species but there are also lots of interesting candidates for the temperate garden, particularly those native to the northern oak scrub and pine flatwood regions of the state. Here at Plant Delights Nursery, we have an enormous on-line plant catalog and from it we have created this mini-catalog of Florida native plants.
Florida native plants run the gamut from hardy palms (sabal and rhapidophyllum) and ornamental grasses to herbs and wildflowers. There are lots interesting mint relatives in the Sunshine State including garden-worthy members of calamintha, conradina, pycnothymus and monarda. Of course there are some cool bog garden Florida native plants including eleocharis, hibiscus, hymenocallis and canna. The prairies of Florida provide plenty of cool ornamental grasses such as sorghastrum, panicum, carex, sporobolus and eragrostis. Bulbs and wildflowers are also well represented and include native asclepias, crinum, helianthus, several iris species, lobelia, phlox, stokesia, echinacea, rudbeckia, spigelia, salvia, ruellia, vernonia and the Florida state flower, coreopsis. Some cool woodland Florida native plants include arisaema, dryopteris, thelypteris, trismeria, and osmunda. Plant Delights also carries a few Florida native woody perennials such as erythrina, amorpha, nolina, yucca and solidago.
Planting Florida native plants is important because many natives are under pressure from over 1,300 species of naturalized foreign plants. Florida's warm and hospitable climate not only draws in retirees but also exotic escapees from other semi-tropical landscapes. You can help preserve the native diversity of Florida by growing Florida native plants in your garden. When you are ready to buy Florida native plants for your garden, check out our online list of Florida native plants for sale.
Check out our in-depth article on native plants.