Speakers Available For Your Group – Adults and Schools

Sample Presentations below:

  • Overview and Basics of Florida Native Plants for Landscaping
  • Integrating Florida Native Plants into Your Yard
  • Maintaining Florida Native Plants in Your Yard
  • Using Florida Native Plants for Problem Areas in Your Yard
  • What is a Florida Native Plant? Their Importance and Uses.
  • Florida Native Wildlife Needs Florida Native Plants
  • What Pollinators Use Florida Native Plants
  • Florida Habitats and Their Native Plants

Plant Selection

When selecting a plant choose the “Right Plant for the Right Place”, that is, match the plant’s needs with the existing yard conditions for success.  Some  examples to consider are sun/shade, wet soil moisture/dry sandy soil,  mature size.

Florida Native Plants
Florida Wildflowers
Florida Wildflower Seeds

The following list of favorite natives was compiled by Jake Ingram, Landscape Architect in 2013. These plants (68 in total with 24 “favorites” marked with *) are all inhabitants of upland sites in Florida and, with three or four exceptions, are native to NE Florida counties, USDA Zones 8B & 9A.



“Planting a Refuge for Wildlife”.  Susan Cerulean, Celeste Botha, Donnae Legare.
“Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening”. Robert G. Haenle, Joan Brookwell.
“Native Plant Landscaping for Wildlife”.  Craig Heugel.
“Florida Plants for Wildlife”. Craig Huegel.
“Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes”. Craig Heugel.
“Florida’s Best Native Landscape Plants”. Gil Nelson.
“Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens”. Gil Nelson.
“The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida”. Gil Nelson.
“The Trees of Florida”. Gil Nelson.
“Ferns of Florida”. Gil Nelson.
“A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants”. Rufino Osorio.
“Landscaping for Florida's Wildlife” Joe Schaefer, George Tanner.
“Natural Florida Landscaping”. Don Walton, Laurel Schiller.
“Sustainable Gardening for Florida”. Ginny Stibolt.
“The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape”. Ginny Stibolt.
“Wildflowers of Florida and the Southeast”. David W. Hall, William J. Weber
“Native Perennials for the Southeast”. Peter Loewer.
“Native Plants for Drought and Salt-Tolerant Landscapes”. Richard Wunderlin, George R. Kish
“Florida Edible Wild Plants”. Peggy Sias Lantz.

Native Plant Identification

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants covers over 4,700 species of native or naturalized plants in Florida. FloraQuest is an Interactive dichotomous key by the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

Alan Weakley's Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States

Books: “Wild Orchids of Florida”. Paul Martin Brown.
“Florida Wildflowers”. C. Richie Bell, Bryan J. Taylor.  
“Central Florida Wildflowers”. Roger L. Hammer.
“Florida Freshwater Plants”.  Mark Hoyer, Daniel E. Canfield Jr., Christine E. Horsburgh, Karen Brown.
“Florida Wetland Plants”. Dr. John D. Tobe, et al.
“Native Bromeliads of Florida”. Harry E. Luther, David H. Benzing.
“The Guide to Florida Wildflowers”. Walter Kingsley Taylor.
“A Guide to Florida Grasses”.  Walter Kingsley Taylor.
“Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities”. Walter Kingsley Taylor.
“Florida Wildflowers: A Comprehensive Guide”,  Walter Kingsley Taylor

Where To Buy Florida Native Plants

Plant Real Florida:

Where To See Florida Native Plants

  • Native Parks 1 & 2, 3312 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL
  • Seminole County Natural Lands
  • Native Gardens and Natural Areas

Environmental Organizations

  • Exotic Invasive Species
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory
  • Archbold Biological Station
  • Florida Native Plant Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Audubon Florida
  • Florida Wildflower Foundation
The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.