Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals


"This beautifully illustrated book is loaded with practical information that professionals and homeowners will find very useful."—Jeffrey G. Norcini, University of Florida

"Gil Nelson's book provides a very good selective overview of native plants readily available in the nursery trade that can be used in landscaping and the best ways to utilize them."—Richard P. Wunderlin, author of Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida and Flora of Florida, Volume 1

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"This beautifully illustrated book is loaded with practical information that professionals and homeowners will find very useful."—Jeffrey G. Norcini, University of Florida

"Gil Nelson's book provides a very good selective overview of native plants readily available in the nursery trade that can be used in landscaping and the best ways to utilize them."—Richard P. Wunderlin, author of Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida and Flora of Florida, Volume 1

Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants is an illustrated guide for landscape designers, home gardeners, and restoration professionals. Published in cooperation with the Association of Florida Native Plant Nurseries and the Florida Department of Transportation, it provides technical information on the design and maintenance of native plants that are readily available from the state's native plant nurseries for use in Florida gardening and landscaping. The 200 species were selected for their availability and for their general hardiness, popularity, and ease of use in both commercial and residential landscapes. All are easily found in the native plant trade and will perform well in both home and commercial landscapes. 

Each species profile details size and form, uses for landscaping and/or gardening, best features, range and distribution, physical appearance, culture, best companion plants, allergenic properties, cultivars, and similar species. Each account is illustrated with one or more color photos, over 700 in all, and 180 of them are further illustrated with an original watercolor. An introductory section introduces readers to the importance and benefits of using native plants in landscaping. 

Both federal and state guidelines mandate the incorporation of regional native plants in public site design to the maximum extent possible. Gil Nelson's book provides information for those charged with selecting easy-to-obtain native species for use in state and local parks and along our highways—and assists planners and designers, architects, and homeowners in making educated decisions about native plant selection and use.

Gil Nelson is a writer, naturalist, and educator who lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of Ferns of Florida, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, Trees of Florida, Exploring Wild Northwest Florida, and Exploring Wild North Florida and coauthor of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeast, and Florida Wetland Plants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813026442
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 316,811
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Species by Category xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Zone Map of Florida xix
Introduction 1
Acacia farnesiana 6
Acer rubrum 8
Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum 10
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii 12
Acrostichum danaeifolium 14
Aesculus pavia 16
Agarista populifolia 18
Andropogon spp. 20
Annona glabra 22
Ardisia escallonioides 24
Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana 26
Asclepias spp. 28
Asimina spp. 30
Avicennia germinans 32
Baccharis halimifolia 34
Bacopa spp. 36
Betula nigra 38
Bignonia capreolata 40
Blechnum serrulatum 42
Borrichia spp. 44
Bursera simaruba 46
Callicarpa americana 48
Calycanthus floridus 50
Calyptranthes pallens 52
Canna flaccida 54
Capparis cynophallophora 56
Carpinus caroliniana 58
Carya aquatica 60
Carya glabra 62
Castanea pumila 64
Celtis laevigata 66
Cephalanthus occidentalis 68
Cercis canadensis 70
Chamaecyparis thyoides 72
Chionanthus virginicus 74
Chrysobalanus icaco 76
Chrysophyllum oliviforme 78
Citharexylum spinosum 80
Cladium jamaicense 82
Clethra alnifolia 84
Coccoloba diversifolia 86
Coccoloba uvifera 88
Coccothrinax argentata 90
Conocarpus erectus 92
Conradina spp. 94
Cordia sebestena 96
Coreopsis spp. 98
Cornus florida 100
Cornus foemina 102
Crataegus flava 104
Crinum americanum 106
Cyrilla racemiflora 108
Diospyros virginiana 110
Distichlis spicata 112
Echinacea purpurea 114
Eleocharis spp. 116
Equisetum hyemale 118
Eragrostis spp. 120
Ernodea littoralis 122
Eryngium spp. 124
Erythrina herbacea 126
Eugenia spp. 128
Euonymus americanus 130
Ficus aurea 132
Forestiera segregata 134
Fraxinus caroliniana 136
Fraxinus pennsylvanica 138
Gaillardia pulchella 140
Garberia heterophylla 142
Gelsemium sempervirens 144
Gordonia lasianthus 146
Hamamelis virginiana 148
Hamelia patens 150
Helianthus spp. 152
Hibiscus coccineus 154
Hydrangea quercifolia 156
Hymenocallis latifolia 158
Hypericum spp. 160
Ilex cassine 162
Ilex glabra 164
Ilex opaca 166
Ilex vomitoria 168
Ilex x attenuata 'East Palatka' 172
Illicium spp. 174
Ipomoea imperati 176
Ipomoea pes-caprae 178
Iris spp. 180
Itea virginica 182
Iva spp. 184
Juncus effusus 186
Juniperus virginiana 188
Krugiodendron ferreum 190
Lachnanthes caroliana 192
Laguncularia racemosa 194
Lantana involucrata 196
Liatris spp. 198
Licania michauxii 200
Liquidambar styraciflua 202
Liriodendron tulipifera 204
Lobelia cardinalis 206
Lonicera sempervirens 208
Lycium carolinianum 210
Lyonia ferruginea 212
Lyonia lucida 214
Lysiloma latisiliquum 216
Magnolia grandiflora 218
Magnolia virginiana 220
Malus angustifolia 222
Mimosa strigillosa 224
Morus rubra 226
Muhlenbergia capillaris 228
Myrcianthes fragrans 230
Myrica cerifera 232
Nephrolepis spp. 234
Nymphaea odorata 236
Nyssa spp. 238
Nyssa sylvatica 240
Osmunda cinnamomea 242
Osmunda regalis 244
Ostrya virginiana 246
Panicum spp. 248
Paspalum spp. 250
Passiflora spp. 252
Persea spp. 254
Piloblephis rigida 256
Pinus clausa 258
Pinus elliottii 260
Pinus palustris 262
Pinus taeda 264
Platanus occidentalis 266
Polygonum spp. 268
Pontederia cordata 270
Prunus angustifolia 272
Prunus caroliniana 274
Psychotria nervosa 276
Quercus alba 278
Quercus hemisphaerica 280
Quercus laevis 282
Quercus laurifolia 284
Quercus myrtifolia 286
Quercus nigra 288
Quercus shumardii 290
Quercus virginiana 292
Randia aculeata 294
Rapanea punctata 296
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 298
Rhizophora mangle 300
Rhododendron austrinum 302
Rhododendron canescens 304
Rhus copallinum 306
Roystonea regia 308
Rudbeckia hirta 310
Ruellia caroliniensis 312
Sabal etonia 314
Sabal minor 316
Sabal palmetto 318
Sagittaria spp. 320
Salix spp. 322
Salvia coccinea 324
Sassafras albidum 326
Saururus cernuus 328
Scirpus spp. 330
Serenoa repens 332
Sesuvium portulacastrum 334
Sideroxylon foetidissimum 336
Sideroxylon salicifolium 338
Sideroxylon tenax 340
Solidago spp. 342
Sophora tomentosa 344
Sorghastrum secundum 346
Spartina alterniflora 348
Spartina bakeri 350
Spartina patens 352
Sporobolus virginicus 354
Stokesia laevis 356
Styrax americanus 358
Suriana maritima 360
Swietenia mahagoni 362
Symphyotrichum carolinianum 364
Taxodium distichum 366
Thalia geniculata 368
Thrinax morrisii 370
Thrinax radiata 372
Tripsacum dactyloides 374
Ulmus alata 376
Ulmus americana 378
Ulmus crassifolia 380
Uniola paniculata 382
Vaccinium arboreum 384
Vaccinium spp. 386
Viburnum dentatum 388
Viburnum obovatum 390
Woodwardia spp. 392
Yucca aloifolia 394
Yucca filamentosa 396
Zamia pumila 398
Zanthoxylum fagara 400
Zephyranthes atamasco 402
Zizaniopsis miliacea 404
References 407
Photo credits 410
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