Landscaping with Natives

Photo credit: Sean M. ParksPlant NATIVE plant species whenever possible.  Landscaping with native plants not only provides better food and cover for native wildlife than do non-native plants, but also requires less care and resources to maintain. Native plant species have evolved and adapted to local conditions over thousands of years.  They are usually much more tolerant to climatic conditions at a given location.  Once established, most species require little or no additional irrigation beyond normal rainfall.  They typically grow more slowly, generating much less yard waste. 

Each native plant species is a member of a community that includes other plants, animals, and microorganisms. The natural balance keeps each species in check.  Plants thrive in conditions to which they are adapted.  However, other organisms (e.g., insects) prevent plants from spreading uncontrolled. Thus, native species rarely become invasive, unlike some exotic plants imported from other areas.

Native Florida Plants
Florida Native Plant Society - Natives to Plant!
Native Wildflowers - Coreopsis lanceolata
What is a Native Plant?
Association of Florida Native Nurseries - Where to buy Florida native plants
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
IFAS Assessment of the Status of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas
Native Wildflowers - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

North Florida

Native Trees for North Florida
Common Native Wildflowers of North Florida

Central Florida

Native Wildflowers on Roadsides of Central and South Florida

South Florida

Native Trees for South Florida
Enviroscaping to Conserve Energy: Trees for South Florida
Native Wildflowers on Roadsides of Central and South Florida