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.

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!

Simpson's stopper
Simpson's stopper

Featured Plant:

Twinberry, Simpson's stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans)

Large shrub to medium tree in hammocks, in peninsular Florida, Mexico – S. America. Bark is distinctive: smooth, gray to reddish-brown, flaking off in irregular patches. Leaves aromatic when crushed. Flowers white, fragrant; berries orange to red. Birds eat the fruits, insects visit the flowers

  • Specimen, buffer plantings, trimmed hedge
  • Can be placed to show the attractive trunks
  • Typically 10-20' tall, but not fast growing
  • an grow in poor soil, needs some organic content to thrive
  • Full sun to light shade

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