What are native plants?
“A Florida native plant refers to a species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical documentation.” —Florida Native Plant Society
•Adapted to our climate
•Require less water, pesticides and fertilizer
•Contribute to Florida’s ecosystems
•Convey a sense of place
Will my yard look a mess?
In a word: NO!
•No “parsley around the pig,” please
•Think in layers and groups
•Allow for mature size of plant
•Don’t plant too close to the house (aim for half mature width plus a foot)
For more information:
• Florida Native Plant Society: fnps.org/plants
• University of Florida: edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_native_plants
• National Wildlife Federation: nwf.org