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Learn more about native plants

These articles provide an introduction to to Florida native plants and the benefits of using them in your home landscape. For suggestions of specific plants, cultivation and maintenance tips, please consult with your local professionals.

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CEU Course: Native Wildflowers and Grasses for Central and North Florida, Zones 8-9

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to the diversity of wildflowers and ornamental grasses suitable for use in developed landscapes in Central and North Florida. Florida has the third greatest diversity of native plants of any [...]

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CEU Course: Native Trees and Shrubs for Central and North Florida, Zones 8-9

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to the diversity of native woody plants suitable for use in developed landscapes in Central and North Florida. Florida has the third greatest diversity of native plants of any state [...]

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CEU Course: Right Plants, Right Place — All Native

Course Description and Objective This course serves as an introduction to selecting and using native plants in urban landscapes. Instructor provides a working definition and parameters of what is considered a “native landscape” in context of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ [...]

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CEU Course: Florida Native Palms

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE This course serves as an introduction to Florida native palms. Florida has eleven native palm species but fewer than half of these are used with any regularity in urban and suburban landscapes. Florida native palms provide [...]

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Introduction to Florida Native Plant Selection

Correspondence Course for Professionals in the Real Florida Landscapes™ CEU Series For landscape architects, designers, installers and maintenance professionals. Learn and earn continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace. Benefit from practical, [...]

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Xeric Landscaping with Florida Native Plants – back in print

In 1991, FANN (then AFNN) published the Xeric Guide to Landscaping with Florida Native Plants book that promotes the use of the Davis Vegetation Map of Florida’s native plant communities as a framework for plant selection. FANN modified the map’s [...]

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Tips on Selecting Florida Native Plants

When selecting native plants, there are a few important factors that can “make or break” a project’s success. Availability More native plants are available than ever before, but many are still limited in availability, and considerable time is often required [...]

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Even More About Native Plant Communities

Compared to other states, Florida has a rich variety of native plant communities, including beach dunes, maritime forests, pine flatwoods, sandhills and scrubs, hammocks, marshes and prairies. These communities occur as a function of soil type and fertility, drainage, exposure [...]

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History of the Plant Communities Map

  The Plant Communities Map used on this website is directly adapted from the original “General Map of Natural Vegetation of Florida” developed by John Henry Davis, University of Florida (UF), and published in 1967 by UF’s Agricultural Experiment Station, [...]

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The Hamelia Mess

A thorough critique of the genus in Florida, by Florida firebush expert Roger L. Hammer Butterflies and hummingbirds are constant reminders of why gardeners who live in southern and coastal Central Florida cultivate our native Firebush (Hamelia patens var. patens). [...]