Dade Chapter FNPS

For Miami-Dade and Monroe counties

Chapter information:, 305-985-3677

Mailing address:

Dade Chapter FL Native Plant Society
6619 South Dixie Highway, #181
Miami FL 33143-7919

Board members (2019-2020):

President: Kurt Birchenough
Vice-President: Brian Diaz
Secretary:  Gita Ramsay
Treasurer: Susan Walcutt
At Large: Janeen Feiger, Jeanne Rothchild, Jennifer Stine, Steve Woodmansee

FNPS Council of Chapters representative:


Newsletter: Patty Phares
Membership: Patty Phares
Webmaster: Haniel Pulido Jr.,

FNPS (state):

Website – membership, FNPS blog, social media:
FNPS office: 321-271-6702 (cell),

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

The chapter includes residents of Miami-Dade County and the Keys.
Meetings in Miami-Dade County are on the 4th Tuesday of most months at Pinecrest Gardens and are free and open to the public. Once a year, instead of the usual meeting, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour and social at a member's home.

FNPS membership rates: Donor $250, Business $125, Supporting $100, Contributing $75 ($25 to endowment), Non-Profit $50, Family $50, Individual $35, Student $15, Library $15, Lifetime $1000.

Please join FNPS for all the benefits of state FNPS and chapter membership, including the knowledge that you are supporting native plants and native plant communities!


Featured Plant:

Firebush (Hamelia patens)

Large shrub or small tree. Rarely abundant in hammock edges, FL Keys to central FL. An exotic relative, "African firebush", with yellowish-red flowers and mostly hairless leaves, is naturalizing in S. Florida and poses a hybridization threat to our native firebush.

  • 10-12' tall or more, often as broad as tall
  • Can grow in nutrient poor soils; needs some organic content to thrive
  • Full or partial sun
  • Red / orange tubular flowers; red / purplish-black berries
  • Excellent wildlife plant. Food/cover for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, other insects. Larval host for Pluto sphinx moth
  • May be affected but not killed by scale insects. Cut back to freshen

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Information from: Natives For Your Neighborhood - The Institute for Regional Conservation