Articles and Handouts

PDF DocumentAttracting birds and butterflies to your garden using Florida native plants
To attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your garden, you obviously need to have trees and shrubs (preferably native) with flowers and fruits... more »

PDF DocumentButterfly gardening with south florida native plants
To attract butterflies to your yard, try to provide both nectar sources for the adults and host plants for the larvae (caterpillars)... more »

PDF DocumentGet started with your native plant landscaping!
Have your plants and live with water restriction, too. Newly-planted plants (and plants in pots) need to be watered until their roots are established... more »

PDF DocumentNative Shrubs for Miami-Dade County Landscapes / Arbustos Nativos para Jardines del Condado de Miami-Dade
Some plants can take on the appearance of a small tree or a large shrub, depending on age... more »

PDF DocumentNative Trees for Miami-Dade County Landscapes / Arboles Nativos para Jardines del Condado de Miami-Dade
Some plants can take on the appearance of a small tree or a large shrub, depending on age... more »

PDF DocumentSome trees and shrubs native to South Florida
This list is recommended for use by Dade County residents. Some species listed here are not appropriate for other areas of South Florida, and additional species not listed can be grown in other areas... more »

PDF DocumentWhere to buy, see and learn about South Florida native plants
Nurseries, organizations, gardens, sources of information... more »




Firebush
Firebush

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