Dade Chapter FNPS
For Miami-Dade and Monroe counties
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., firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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