Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes

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“Huegel has created an excellent guide to growing and using native ferns and wildflowers. Gardeners of all levels will find many new and relatively unknown jewels to add to their landscapes. The wealth of experience and personal knowledge Huegel brings to his subject makes this a veritable step-by-step handbook for the wildflower gardener.”—Gil Nelson, author of Florida’s Best Native Landscape Plants

“Huegel has compiled a large amount of information on Florida’s native wildflowers and groundcovers. This is an ...

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Overview

“Huegel has created an excellent guide to growing and using native ferns and wildflowers. Gardeners of all levels will find many new and relatively unknown jewels to add to their landscapes. The wealth of experience and personal knowledge Huegel brings to his subject makes this a veritable step-by-step handbook for the wildflower gardener.”—Gil Nelson, author of Florida’s Best Native Landscape Plants

“Huegel has compiled a large amount of information on Florida’s native wildflowers and groundcovers. This is an extremely helpful and refreshing addition to the resources for people interested in these plants, whether they wish to grow them or not.”—Daniel Austin, University of Arizona

In 1512, Ponce de Leon is said to have named our state “La Florida,” the Land of Flowers, for the only real wealth he ever discovered. The peninsula is a treasure-trove of beautiful groundcovers, yet most Florida yards are planted with exotic species of turfgrass and ornamentals.

Recent statewide water restrictions and a rekindling of environmental awareness have increased interest in native plants, which are better adapted to the local climate and require less maintenance. Floridians are beginning to appreciate the fact that such landscapes can be beautiful as well as ecologically and economically superior to what we have come to accept as “normal.”

In this engaging and authoritative guide, ecologist and avid gardener Craig Huegel offers valuable information to anyone interested in integrating native ground covers into an outdoor space. As many of the plants featured in this book are not frequently or adequately discussed elsewhere, Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes is a singular resource for homeowners and commercial growers alike.

Beautifully illustrated with nearly 300 color photos, this handy book provides clear instructions on how to garden with more than 200 native plants, including ferns, grasses, and an abundance of wildflowers—all commercially available—that work well together in a wide variety of configurations. If you’re interested in adding these beautiful, diverse plants to your garden or yard, pick up Craig Huegel’s latest book and start redesigning your Florida friendly landscape today.

Craig N. Huegel is an ecologist at Ecological Services Associates and cofounder of the Urban Wildlife Program at the University of Florida. He has produced ten video programs and several books including Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813039800
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/10/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,384,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Craig N. Huegel is an ecologist at Ecological Services Associates and cofounder of the Urban Wildlife Program at the University of Florida. He has produced ten video programs and several books including Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

1 Defining the Plants 1

Native Plants 1

Ferns 8

Grasses 12

Wildflowers 14

2 The Natural Landscape 17

3 Landscape Maintenance 31

Annuals vs. Perennials 31

Deciduous vs. Evergreen 32

Mulches 34

Watering 37

4 Where to Get Plants 40

The Laws 47

5 Ferns 50

Bracken Fern 51

Brake Ferns 52

Chain Ferns 53

Christmas Fern 56

Golden Polypody 57

Southern Lady Fern 58

Leather Ferns 60

Maidenhair Ferns 61

Osmunda Ferns 62

Resurrection Fern 64

Sensitive Fern 66

Shield Ferns 67

Spleenworts 68

Strap Ferns 70

Swamp Ferns 71

Sword Ferns 72

Southern Wood Ferns 75

6 Grasses and Graminoids 77

Basketgrass 77

Beaksedges 78

Bluestems 79

Cordgrasses 81

Dropseeds 83

Fakahatchee Grasses or Gamagrasses 84

Indiangrasses 86

Inland River Oats 88

Little Bluestem 89

Lovegrasses 91

Muhly Grasses 93

Panic and Witch Grasses 94

Rushes 99

Sea Oats 100

Tall Redtop 102

Toothache Grass 103

Wiregrasses 105

7 Wildflowers 107

Acanthus Family 107

Amaryllis Family 110

Arum Family 115

Aster Family 118

Bellflower Family 183

Buckwheat Family 186

Buttercup Family 189

Canna Family 192

Carrot Family 193

Catchfly Family 197

Dutchman's-Pipe Family 199

Gentian Family 201

Heliotrope Family 203

Hibiscus Family 206

Indian Pink Family 211

Iris Family 213

Legume Family 218

Lily Family 229

Meadow Beauty Family 231

Milkweed Family 233

Mint Family 240

Morning Glory Family 256

Passionvine Family 260

Phlox Family 263

Pickerelweed Family 266

Piriqueta Family 268

Plantain Family 269

Polygala Family 273

Rockrose Family 275

St. John's-Wort Family 276

Spiderwort Family 281

Trillium Family 283

Verbena Family 284

Violet Family 288

8 Landscape Approaches 292

Shady Evergreen 296

Shady Deciduous 297

Sunny 301

Conclusions 309

Resources 311

Index 317

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