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Profiles from the Pinellas Chapter Newsletter
Over the years, our chapter newsletter The Understory has
contained profiles of the most popular native landscape plants. Check this page
on our website to read many of them.
List of Native Landscape Plants for Pinellas County
Species listed on this page are found naturally in Pinellas County and adapt to garden conditions. Unquestionably, this page reflects the biases and experience of the author as well as recommendations from chapters and individual gardeners. Be sure to match the requirements of plants that interest you to conditions at your planting site. Chart gives common and scientific names, form (tree, wildflower, vine, etc.), wet, dry and salt tolerances, whether the plant has value for butterflies or other wildlife, a link to a photo, and an optional link to additional information.
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Community Design & Research to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Florida, with over 4,200 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States. The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state. You can search for plants by scientific name, common name, or county. This site has excellent color photos of plants as well as good information about distribution range.
FY&N Florida-friendly Plant Database
Identifies "Florida-friendly" plants, including Florida native plants, that will thrive in your yard or landscape design with little or no supplemental irrigation or fertilization. The database contains nearly 380 trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, grasses and vines that are recommended by University of Florida/IFAS horticulture experts. The plants included in the database are available at nurseries throughout Florida.
Institute for Regional Conservation "Natives for Your Neighborhood"
This site, designed for South Florida residents, allows a user to enter his or her zip code and get a list of native species for that particular area. You can also look up particular plant species by common or scientific name. The site has good color photographs of plants, helpful cultivation information, and layout formats designed for either on-screen viewing or printing.
Stetson University Native Plant Initiative
Explore this Web site to learn about Florida native plants, gain an appreciation for them and discover ways to use them. The pages contain links to profiles of Florida native plants and to details about related educational initiatives and landscaping plans. The information is valuable to homeowners wanting to break free of the monotony that pervades suburban landscaping, builders wishing to see their developments stand out from others, educators searching for creative teaching ideas and everyone interested in the indigenous flora of Florida.
"Growing Native" ListServ (Yahoo! Groups)
The Growing Native email group is devoted to all aspects of gardening with Florida native plants. It is moderated by Rufino Osorio, an FNPS member who is the author of A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. This is a great place to post questions for native plant gardeners from around the state, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.
Native & Naturalized Orchids
Just about everything you could want to know about Florida's native orchids,
with wonderful photos and a blog. Created by Prem Subrahmanyam, an avocational
orchid expert and award-winning photographer.
Created by Dr. Gil Nelson, an esteemed botanist at Florida State University,
this is a database of plant images, flowering times, and plant information for
Florida, the Florida Panhandle, southwest Georgia, and the greater southeastern
United States. This is a good site to visit if you are interested in plant
The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists,
government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to
monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United
States. The network harnesses the power of people and the Internet to collect
and share information, providing researchers with far more data than they could
collect alone. You can participate by joining the organization's Nature's
Notebook project and submitting data about your own landscape.
UF EDIS-IFAS Extension Publications on Native Plants
The University of Florida Electronic Data Information Source is a searchable database containing about 7,000 titles on agriculture and consumer topics. The link above goes to a summary page with articles about specific native annuals, bedding plants, ferns, groundcovers, palms, shrubs, trees, cacti, and wildflowers. Other EDIS articles in the database about native plants:
Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies Searchable Database
The Florida Museum of Natural History's database lets you search for wildflower species by specifying any of: common name, plant family, genus, county, color, and/or habitat. Each wildflower has a color photo and a short paragraph describing its appearance and growing conditions. Search for butterfly species by common name, family name, genus, county, and/or color. Each butterfly is depicted in a color photo and has a paragraph describing it. Also from
the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Inc., an ID card with color photos that lists butterflies and their host plants and Florida wildflowers:
Side 1: Butterflies —
Side 2: Wildflowers
Fairchild Tropical Garden Virtual Herbarium
A herbarium is a library of dried plant specimens. The Fairchild herbarium has more than 180,000 specimens from all over the world, including exceptional collections of Palms, Cycads, and Florida and West Indian plants. The collection is procted to grow to over 250,000 specimens over the next five years. Fairchild is currently documenting the entire collection with digital photography, scanning specimens, and entering the label data into a database. This database, the Virtual Herbarium, was launched on January 8, 1999.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory Online Field Guides
These field guides present detailed descriptions, photographs, drawings, maps, habitat information,
and management guidelines for more than 200 rare plant species and 150 rare animal species.
The project was funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Note: not all species tracked
by the Inventory are included in the Field Guides. The Inventory tracks more than 1,000 rare plant and animal species.
- List of Pinellas County's Rare Species and
This list, compiled by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, enumerates rare plant and animal species and natural communities found in Pinellas County,
along with their global and state rank, federal and state status.
Pinellas County WaterAtlas
What's in YOUR watershed? This is the place to find out!
The Pinellas County Water Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals,
and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data,
as well as information about recreational opportunities and an extensive library of scientific and
educational materials on water resource issues. (Other water atlases you can
reach from here: Hillsborough/Tampa, Manatee, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Orange,
Seminole, Lake, Tallahassee-Leon.)
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Lists
The FLEPPC invasive plant list is published every two years. Its purpose
is to focus attention on the negative effects of exotic invasive species,
to document the changes in seriousness of different pest plants over time,
and to help land managers to set priorities. Professional botanists and
others perform exhaustive studies to determine invasive exotic plants that
should be placed on the lists. Plants are placed into one of three categories
based on the severity and extent of their impact on natural plant communities.
The list also tells in which region of the state (north, central, or south)
each plant is problematic, as well as the plant's state and federal weed status.
IFAS Assessment of Exotics/Invasives
The IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas
was developed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences Invasive Plants Working Group so that
Cooperative Extension faculty could provide consistent recommendations
concerning the use of non-native plants. The Assessment and the Working
Group were created in response to the growing awareness of the threat posed
(especially to threatened and endangered species) by non-native invasive
species. When plant species are assessed, data are collected from all
available resources by designated IFAS staff. The IFAS Assessment system
is typically applied to species in each of three climate zones in Florida:
north, central, and south. It considers ecological impacts, potential for
expanded distribution in Florida, management difficulty, and economic value.
- Florida FWC
- Each of these printed fact sheets focuses on a non-native invasive plant
species that poses a serious threat to Florida's ecosystems. They can be
downloaded as PDF files (requires Acrobat Reader) and range in size from
170K to 600K or print copies can be ordered by contacting the FWC.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Database
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants,
mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts,
characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links,
and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States
and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged.
PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making
information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.