South Florida Native Plants

Let’s start by answering the question “What is a South Florida native plant?“.  It refers to indigenous species that existed in Florida prior to any significant human impact or changes to the landscape.

By planting native plants and restoring natural habitats, you are contributing to the conservation of South Florida’s ecosystems.  Benefits of native plant gardening and habitat restoration include:

  • reducing landscape maintenance and water consumption
  • provide a habitat for migrating wildlife
  • provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and other native wildlife
  • bridging the gaps between protected conservation areas.

Want to find out which native plants are recommended for your South Florida neighborhood?  Simply visit the regional conservation website  and once there, simply enter your zip code or county in one of the fields on the top right side of the page and click the “find” button.  Be sure to also check out their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page which is also very informative.

If you enjoy gardening, check back regularly for additional posts on South Florida gardening and landscaping

To learn more about Florida’s native plants visit the Florida Native Plant Society, and if you’d like to join, contact your local chapter.  Ready to add some South Florida native plants to your landscape and are not sure how to locate a South Florida native plant nursery?  Here is a list of some local ones:

Broward County:

Spyke’s Grove | 7250 Griffin Rd., Davie, FL | Website | Phone: 954-583-0426
The Garden Gate at Sears | 2251 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL | Website | 954-783-1189
Alexander Landscaping & Plant Farm | 830 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie, FL | Website | Phone: 954-472-5039

Palm Beach County:

Indian Trails Native Nursery | 6315 Park Ln. W., Lake Worth, FL | Phone: 561-248-6669
Meadow Beauty Nursery | 5782 Ranches Rd., Lake Worth, FL | Phone: 561-966-6848

Miami-Dade County:

Richard’s Lyons’ Nursery | 20200 SW 134th AVe., Miami, FL | Website | Phone: 305-251-6293
Veber’s Jungle Garden | 24605 SW 197th Ave., Homestead, FL | Phone: 305-242-9500

2 Responses to “South Florida Native Plants”

  1. Carole Cohen Says:

    This is a big deal and a great post. I remember last summer continuously reading about people trying to get rid of snakehead fish in the waterways there, someone had brought in a non-native species and it wound up eating all the native fish. Same thing with plants only different!

  2. Leanne Paynter Says:

    Thanks, Carole… and this is definitely a big deal. The more I researched it, the more I realized how much of an impact humans have had on South Florida’s ecology and how important it is that we try to restore natural habitats and plant native plants. South Florida is a hot-spot for the introduction of non-native species of animals and plants. Hopefully, more residents will become aware of the impact all this has on the environment and learn more about what they can do to help.

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