Florida Native Plants

  • Climbing Aster
    Climbing Aster
  • Flyr's Nemesis
    Flyr's Nemesis
  • Cardinal Flower
    Cardinal Flower
  • Giant Ironweed
    Giant Ironweed
  • Florida Pennyroyal
    Florida Pennyroyal
  • Marsh Rattlesnake Master
    Marsh Rattlesnake Master
  • Horsetail
  • Pinxter Azalea
    Pinxter Azalea
  • Red Buckeye
    Red Buckeye
  • Wild Columbine
    Wild Columbine
  • Florida Grreneyes
    Florida Grreneyes
  • Tropical Sage and Purple Coneflower
    Tropical Sage and Purple Coneflower
  • Scrub Mint
    Scrub Mint
  • Southern Arrowwood bloom
    Southern Arrowwood bloom
  • American Beautyberry
    American Beautyberry
  • Blue-eyed Grass
    Blue-eyed Grass
  • Blue Flag Iris
    Blue Flag Iris
  • Coral Honeysuckle
    Coral Honeysuckle
  • Crossvine
  • Deerberry
  • Giant Ironweed and Yellowtop
    Giant Ironweed and Yellowtop
  • Fakahatchee Grass
    Fakahatchee Grass
  • Purple Lovegrass
    Purple Lovegrass
  • Muhly Grass aglow in the early morning light.
    Muhly Grass aglow in the early morning light.
  • Tropical Sage and Pink Beardtongue
    Tropical Sage and Pink Beardtongue
  • Scarlet Hibiscus
    Scarlet Hibiscus
  • Helmeted Skullcap
    Helmeted Skullcap
  • The edible fruit of Simpson's Stopper.
    The edible fruit of Simpson's Stopper.
  • American Wisteria
    American Wisteria
Climbing Aster
Climbing Aster

Florida's native plants are the foundation upon which everything else rests in a sustainable backyard habitat. Even if you don't want to tear out your current landscape and begin again, adding a few suitable native plants will over time make your garden ever more attractive and useful to the wildlife here in Florida that would be willing to call your backyard "home".

Here are the Top 5 Reasons we think anybody will benefit from adding native plants to their landscape:

  1. Native plants are well-adapted to Florida.
  2. Native Plants are a "natural" for specialty gardens; gardens designed to attract certain animals like butterflies, hummingbirds, or songbirds.
  3. Native plants are key to creating backyard habitat.
  4. Native plants are preferable over exotic, possibly invasive choices.
  5. Native plants create a sense of place

Re-Imaging Your Landscape Using Native Plants

We hope you will consider adding native plants to your landscape. Perhaps, you may be even inspired to go for a complete re-design. There are many good reasons to do so. But knowledge is power and understanding more about why you want to use Florida's native plants, what you need from them to fulfill these wants, and which specific plants you'll need to choose to see that design goal, is important, too. As a first step in getting started, we have created a worksheet that will help you understand some of the needs and wants you may have for your landscape. Click here for the worksheet. Feel free to add to your needs and wants list. For example, you may want to include "Plants should not die back in freezing temps", if you feel that may be a consideration to your choice of plants. Think of all conditions and qualities that may be pertinent to choosing the right native plant for your situation.

Researching Native Plants

After you have completed the worksheet, your next step may be to start researching the plants.

Highly Recommended - If your knowledge about native plants is limited and you are unsure what plants would be best for your landscape, or even if you just would like to browse, while learning more about Florida's great plants, the absolute best place for you to begin is this Florida Native Plant Society web page: www.fnps.org/plants

Serendipity Garden Native Plant List

Below is a link to a PDF list of the current native plants on view in the demonstration garden. This is not a list of plants for sale...these are the plants growing in the garden. We hope having the opportunity to see more mature plants actively growing in a landscape will both inspire you and help answer practical considerations (i.e. light requirements, soil needs) associated with a particular plant.

Serendipity Garden Native Plant List PDF