The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. This blog presents ideas and information to further the cause of Florida's native plants and ecosystems.
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Join the leaders in the Florida native plant industry - the Association of Florida Native Nurseries (http://www.afnn.org), the nation's largest and oldest native nursery association.
But realize -- we're not just nurseries anymore --our members also include landscape architects, designers, contractors and environmental consultants who specialize in using Florida native plants. We've always been the leading source for native plants, but we now also routinely receive requests for LAs, designers, contractors and consultants who know natives and like to use them. We need you, and we can feed you referrals. And if your firm offers another product or service allied with sustainable landscaping, we'd love to hear about it.
Membership benefits including listing in our very popular publications and website, discounts on advertising and CEU courses, networking with like-minded colleagues, and expanded marketing outreach through our partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and other organizations.
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The Florida Native Plant Partnership (FNP2) is a collaboration of the Association of Florida Native Nurseries (AFNN), Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), Florida Wildflower Foundation (FWF), and Wildflower Seed and Plant Growers Association ("Seed Co-Op"). All four organizations are committed to the preservation and promotion of Florida native plants and are pooling resources to create greater visibility for our plants in industry and the general consumer marketplace. FNPP will be exhibiting at the Florida ASLA Conference (Landscape Architects, July 22-24, Gainesville), Florida APA Conference (Planners, Sept 15-17, Tampa), and the FNGLA Landscape Show (Horticulture Industry, Sept 23-25, Orlando). See you there!
Editor's Note: This message from our partners at AFNN is posted here as part of our cooperation with and support for the AFNN as explained in the above definition of the FNP2. The bloggers hope that the information will be useful in some form to many.
Other Names: Dwarf Mulberry, Beautybush, Filigree, French Mulberry, Beautyberry
Introduction: Purple berries clinging around stems with bright green foliage make Callicarpa americana stand out from late summer to winter. It is easy to see how beautyberry got its common name. Don’t let its looks fool you though; Callicarpa is more than just eye candy. Callicarpa americana is useful medicinally and as food for wildlife and people. American Beautyberry is not fussy about location, soil or light requirements. This tough plant is an American Beauty in every sense of the word. Its name comes from Greek: Kalli, means beautiful; Karpos means fruit.
Historic Medicinal Uses:
Native Americans had many uses for beautberry, both internally and externally. According to Taylor (1940), Native Americans used beautyberry externally as a steam and topical application. All parts of the pla…
Australian pines seem to be everywhere in the coastal regions in the bottom half of Florida. Their name is deceiving because, while they are native to Australia, they aren't pines or even conifers. They are flowering trees with separate male and female flowers, and what look like needles are really green twiglets with close-set circles of tiny leaves that drop at the first sign of a drought. In the photo to the right, the light-colored lines are where leaves where once attached. Most of the photosynthesis takes place in the twiglets.
There are three species of Australian pine (Casuarina spp) that have been imported into Florida for various purposes. They were widely planted to soak up the "swamps" in Florida, stabilize canals, and hold beaches. Unfortunately for Florida's ecosystems, the "pines" accomplished all this and more--like seeding prolifically, growing five feet or more per year, producing dense shade, and emitting an herbicide that kills most a…
These perky natives have numerous and endearing charms. Authors and growers disagree about the proper Latin name, but they are in complete agreement that more people should use more coonties in their landscapes.
What's to like?
Coonties are spritely and graceful in their form, tough as the dickens, bright green all year, and host plant for the beautiful blue atala
hairstreak butterfly. In fact, coonties are the only larval food for atalas. You can use them as specimen or accent plants, mass them together for ground cover, or use them in a line as a border. And to top that off, they have an interesting sex life. A subject we hardly ever get to talk about around here. More on that later. See more in Roger Hammer's 1995 Palmetto article, The Coontie and the Atala Hairstreak.
Slow growers, coonties are more expensive to buy than some other natives by relative size, but don't let that put you off. They are well worth the investment. They can be planted in full sun or fairly …