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Native Plant Recommendations Needed- Miami

Posted by atrox z10- Miami (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 28, 08 at 12:13

I am a relatively new gardener and new to extreme south Florida. I am trying to incorporate as many native plants as possible into my mostly container garden- and have done so pretty successfully in the sunnier parts of my yard. My problem now is that I need some good recommendations for pretty natives that can be grown in mostly shade in pots that will fit on a large-ish bakers rack (4 shelves, 2.5 ft across, 5.5 ft tall, shelves can fold down for a few taller plants).

I also need to know WHERE to get these plants, as I have had little luck with local nurseries (even ones that say they sell natives).

Here is a list of natives for the Miami area:
http://www.fnps.org/pages/plants/plants_by_county.php?county=DADE

Thanks!!


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RE: Native Plant Recommendations Needed- Miami

Woodlander Nursery and Nurseries Caroliniana are great to deal with and would have some Florida natives, even while they are in the Carolinas. They only ship in the cooler months. Both have websites.


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RE: Native Plant Recommendations Needed- Miami

The perennials I recognized on the list mostly need sun. I know a couple of the ferns mentioned do fine in shade, but I dont know if you want to include those. I listed 2 shade perennials below which I have in my yard which I checked and saw that theyre native to Florida (although I dont know if to your county).

Polygonatum biflorum (Solomons seal)

Dicentra eximia (native bleeding heart, turkey corn)

On the site I linked to below, you can use the combination search with state and light requirments to get some more ideas in case there aren't more responses.

Good luck with your project.

-- Lori

Here is a link that might be useful: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center search page


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