Florida Landscape Plants - Coreopsis & Arrowroot:
Tickseed Coreopsis: Coreopsis is not only native to Florida but it thrives well in zones 4 through 10. Coreopsis will grow anywhere from 24 inches to 36 inches tall and it is actually quite easy to grow in damp or dry conditions. While it will grow in partial shade, you will want to place this yellow beauty into a full sun location if possible and watch it impress. It is very easy to grow, reseeds itself, looks great as a cut flower, and is also a nectar plant that butterflies love!
Florida Arrowroot: This Floridian native is actually a cycad (living fossil) and millions of years ago this was a dominant plant across our world. Today these serve as a great food for the larvae of the Atala butterfly. Also known as coontie, this is a plant that is not very tolerant of drought and it prefers a rich and moist soil. This plant can survive in a location with full sun but it does much better in partial shade.
Florida Landscape Plants - Elderberry & Holly:
Elderberry: Elderberry is commonly grown in Florida as a screen plant used to block views that are undesirable. The plant is also grown simply for the elderberries it produces which make excellent wines, pies, and jellies. While it has the appearance of a tree it stays quite short only growing about 10 to 15 feet tall. It can be grown in zones 3 through 11 and is semi tolerant of drought. You are going to want to grow this plant in a full sun location if possible though it will tolerate partial shade. You can expect to harvest the berries over the summer period.
Dahoon Holly: One might recognize this plant by the red berries it grows, that are commonly used in holiday wreaths and decorations. This particular holly is often grown in woodland and wet settings around lakes and streams. It is tolerant of brackish water and can even grow in areas that are light swamps. If your goal is to harvest the pretty berries this tree produces, be sure you find a female plant as this plant grows its male and female flowers on separate plants. Only the females will produce berries.
Florida Landscape Plants - Maypop & Milkweed:
Maypop: This beautiful vine is often considered a weed and if left unchecked it can grow to be quite invasive. Hardy in zones 7 through 11 the stems will grow up to several feet. If grown in open space it will stretch out across the ground, however it also loves to climb up shrubs and fences. Maypop does best in locations that receive full sun and it is not only drought tolerant, but it prefers dry conditions. One of the finest attributes this plant has to offer is that it makes a exceptional host plant for butterflies.
Milkweed: While not actually a Floridian native, this plant is a large source of nectar for the Monarch butterfly and an excellent food source for its caterpillars. While this particular variety is a tropical one, the only difference in appearance from its native Floridian cousins are the orange and red flowers it produces. Also known as Butterfly Weed, this plant is typically found in poor soil conditions where it thrives, but plant it into a proper garden and it will explode with flowers. This perennial is hardy in zones 5 through 11 and grows to approximately 2 to 3 feet tall. This is one of those Florida landscape plants that is a must have if you are planning on starting a butterfly garden.
Florida Landscape Plants - Mistletoe & Ferns:
Mistletoe: Few people are not familiar with this plant as it has become synonymous with kissing around the holidays. Something you may not know about this plant however, and it is sure to change your opinion of the plant for sure, is how it got its name. These Florida landscape plants originated during the 2nd century where "mistel" was the word for "dung" and "tan" was used for twig. This old English "mistletan" suggests that the plant was named after a branch containing bird droppings, which is not a completely inaccurate description is it? Next time you are kissing under the mistletoe, consider that!
Resurrection Fern: This curious plant gets its name from its ability to seemingly come back from the dead after a heavy rain shower. These are common Florida landscape plants that are typically found growing on trees, however is it not a parasitic plant. It is hardy from zones 8 through 11 and only grows to a height of about 6 to 8 inches. One exceptional trait is it has an extremely high drought tolerance which is uncommon among ferns, and does best in light to medium shade locations.
Florida Landscape Plants - Magnolias & Acacia:
Southern Magnolia: This mammoth of a tree is common among Florida landscape plants and produces the whitest striking blooms you are likely to see and the scent it gives off is even better. This magnolia is native in zones 7 through 9 but it will thrive anywhere from southern Florida up to the mid Atlantic states. If you do choose to plant one of these however you need to be sure it has plenty of room to grow as this variety will grow to heights up to one hundred feet, and spread its branches out over fifty feet.
Sweet Acacia: This member of the Mimosa family is a rapid grower that produces small gold colored balls of puff that have an incredible sweet smell. These Florida landscape plants can reach heights of up to 30 feet tall and does well in zones 9 through 11. While the tree is fairly drought tolerant, it will grow much fuller if you give it proper amounts of water with monthly fertilizing. It is very tolerant of most soil conditions as long as they are well drained.
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