A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants / Edition 1

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This guide provides detailed descriptions and methods of cultivation for 350 of Florida's most attractive and easily grown native plants, including ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines, aquatics, and epiphytes (air plants).

Written for both the beginner and the experienced gardener, it includes basic garden concepts as they apply to native plants -- selection, site preparation, pruning, propagation, weeding, and pest control. Rufino Osorio also demonstrates how native plants enhance any landscape or home garden layout and provides photos of horticultural landscape techniques using native plants.

The 359 exceptional color photographs, all taken by the author, present some of the most arresting images of Florida native plants ever to appear in print. A visual delight, the book reveals the beauty and horticultural potential of native plants to the general gardening public. Osorio offers a detailed discussion of where to view these plants in the wild and in cultivation as well as a chapter on Florida native plants on the Internet.

As a guide for the responsible gardener and as an attractive introductory identification manual for naturalists, hikers, campers, teachers, and bird watchers, A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants is the authoritative sourcebook on native plants of the Sunshine State.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813018522
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Site Assessment 2
Site Preparation 4
Obtaining Native Plants 7
Planting the Garden 9
Maintenance 11
Propagation 21
Counterfeit Natives 32
Wildlife in the Garden 35
Pests and Diseases 39
Conservation 43
The Plant Descriptions 45
Ferns 48
Short-lived Wildflowers 58
Long-lived Wildflowers 77
Grasses 134
Palms 143
Shrubs 155
Conifers and Cycads 219
Trees 230
Vines 279
Aquatic Plants 295
Epiphytes 305
Appendix 1 Places to See Native Plants 313
Appendix 2 Florida Native Plants on the Internet 319
Bibliography 325
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2001

    Great for learning what to plant and where to plant it.

    This book describes native Florida plants and what they need as far a space and conditions to grow. Each entry has a color illustration. The index lists the plant by common name as well as the scientific name. There are several sections in the front of the book that are helpful in determining where and how to obtain native plants and also explains the process of preparing your site for planting and maintaining the plants.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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