May eNews for Broward Native Plants
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The Ghost Orchid, Polyradicion lindenii, is perhaps the most famous rare and valued south Florida native plant, thanks to a novel, a movie, and some true stories, too. Native plant botanists and enthusiasts often have other favorites, too. Does admiration save plants or cause their extinction through poaching? What are the current threats to the 25% of south Florida species currently in peril and to their ecosystems. Learn what we can unite around and accomplish.

Don't miss our premiere conservation panel event
this Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm. See details below.

Florida Native Plant Society

Promoting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Broward County
Membership $35
Broward Chapter (Coontie) website & calendar
Chapter Email
Plant List (Inst. for Regional Conservation)
The Broward Chapter on Facebook
The Future of Plant Conservation: A Panel
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 Florida (W. State Rd.) 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312
This is it! Finally, an opportunity to hear what a few experts in South Florida know about the current status of plants in the wild, the ecosystems, recent trends and changes in the environment, and what they think are some of the conservation priorities we face. We don't often have the opportunity to get this broad view from the people who are likely to understand it best. Bring friends and colleagues who share your concerns about the environment right here, right now, in South Florida.

SATURDAY, May 16, 9:30 am
Helene Klein Pineland Preserve
, 4701 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Directions: Westbound on Hillsboro go just beyond Lyons Rd. on the north side (right turn) into the small parking lot, or northbound on Lyons Rd, left at Hillsboro and then almost immediately on the north side of Hillsboro (right turn) into small parking lot.
The City of Coconut Creek's urban greenway trail system connects the West Creek Pineland and Saw Palmetto Natural Area, 7.43-acre tracts, with the adjacent Broward County Helene Klein Pineland Preserve, a 13-acre site. This trio of natural areas, two pine scrub and one wetland, is critical for migratory birds for refuge, forage, and resting during long migration routes, as well as a habitat for nonmigratory bird species. These natural islands in the midst of our dense urban development often hold the few remaining habitats for some plant species and a complex and interdependent ecology of microbes, insects, and wildlife. These under-studied relationships evolved over thousands of years of living against and together.
SATURDAY, June 13, 9:45 am
Anne Kolb Nature Center
, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019
First a walking introduction to the park by staff (10-10:45) and then a walk to see and identify some of the many native plants there. Anne Kolb Nature Center is a nearby 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland, home to a wide variety of plants and animals including many birds. A large area south of Sheridan Street was restored and opened with 2.3 miles of mostly dry dirt and gravel trail making it easy to see and learn many more native species. Among the wetland native species is Seaside Gentian, Eustoma exaltatum (Alan Cressler) pictured here. Below is a link to the taxa you might want to print to help in identifying species we encounter there. Meet us on the Nature Center entrance bridge leading from the parking lot. For most people the walk will be easy, perhaps a couple of miles, but at the slow pace we usually travel stopping to talk about plants, wildlife, and the ecology of the coastal wetlands that once was most of the Broward intercoastal wetlands.
Anne Kold & West Lake Plant List

FNPS 35th Annual Conference in Tallahassee
“Born to Burn”
Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31

Field trips and workshops are Thursday and Sunday, with speakers and workshops on Friday and Saturday. Evening social events will be at the Capital Building, Wakulla Springs State Park and Tall Timbers Research Station. Tip: Sign up now to join the space-limited field trips of most interest to you as they often fill up.
The Broward Chapter is now on Facebook. Thank you to Valerie Turner for the work to make this possible. The advantage of Facebook is that it is interactive. You can talk to us, tell us about timely local native plant and conservation happenings, or show us photos of the native plants you are encountering around the county or trips into the south Florida wilds. Welcome! Note: Just below coontie logo in the eNews header is a Facebook link. (Facebook photo, Oakleaf Fleabane, Erigeron quercifolius, by Mary Keim)

Native Landscaping:
a brochure for southeast Florida


A Project of the FNPS Council of Chapters

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is developing a brochure of about 60 recommended native species for landscaping in yards and public spaces. Encouraging native landscaping is part of a broader effort to support ecosystems and wildlife and encourage sustainable property management that doesn’t harm the environment.

The brochure will guide gardeners in the selection of introductory species most likely to thrive and meet the landscape needs of their site. Plants are organized into nine light & moisture zones with sunny-dry at one extreme and shady wet at the other. For example, nine species are listed for full sun and average moisture; six species are listed for shade with dry soil conditions.


Within each light-moisture zone are a variety of large and small plants: a ground cover, a couple of shrubs, wildflowers, a small tree and perhaps a grass or vine. These recommended species are the regional landscape “stars” for each zone ranging between sunny-dry and shady-moist. Most are relatively easy to grow and available at native nurseries.


The brochure is large. It opens like a road map to reveal all 60 recommended species on one side. Each species has a color photograph and seven bullet points with the kind of information useful to gardener or landscaper: its mature height, its landscape assets, a note about maintenance, perhaps an interesting fact, and its use by wildlife, birds, or butterflies.


The other side of the brochure has general information about native plants including an introduction to native plant landscaping. One panel has tips on how to choose the right plant for the right place. Other panels briefly explain how to determine the typical soil moisture on your own site and how to map out Full Sun and Part Sun and Shade beds on a site. Other panels list a few online resources and books for finding additional landscape species, tells how to locate native nurseries, and gives a few watering, maintenance, and mulching tips especially relevant to landscaping with native plants.


Six regional versions of the brochure are being developed for Florida. The recommended plants must be native to the counties of the region and thrive in the local climate. Each region features signature plants dubbed the “regional landscape stars” that represent the best native landscape plants from that part of the state. FNPS hopes that the regions move the public toward thinking of locally native plants and away from the one-size-fits-all “Florida native” plant.

This is an all-volunteer project from a FNPS Council of Chapters workgroup representing Chapters across the state. Because FNPS represents not only landscaping, but science, research, conservation, and public policy, long and sometimes interesting discussion has evolved, for example, around the decision for six plant regions. It was a practical compromise that pleased few, but may be a new step in a better direction. The Broward Chapter is providing the lead for the workgroup.


Due in July are drafts of each region’s plant list with bullet points for each of 60 species. Broward is part of the Southeast region which includes all the Atlantic coast counties from Indian River through Monroe (on the Gulf coast) and the Keys. Every region is a compromise from the ideal. This Southeast region has the disadvantage of great latitude between these counties. Bullet points can note freeze tolerance and the native range for a species.


Landscape plants suitable for the unnatural substrates and the hydrology of urban developed areas are significantly different from lists of plants selected for restoration to grow in local wild places or more natural areas. This selection of regional “landscape stars” presents many challenges and has never been attempted in this way. It will create many discussions and compromises for those vetting these regional lists locally and on the FNPS Board.


For all its pitfalls, a gardener-friendly hand-out attractively recommending 60 native species likely to thrive locally is a significant improvement over every other native plant list we have studied. The brochure introduces the public to native landscaping and points them to resources such as the Natives for Your Neighborhood website.


It enables almost anyone to select and plant a few species likely to thrive in their landscape and satisfy. The brochure provides a quick and practical answer for a public thirsty to do the right thing for the environment, but without the time or interest to study native landscaping. We hope it also benefits local native landscapers and native nurseries to create more diversity and availability among the "right plants".


Now is the time for local participation. If you want contribute to making this list of 60 southeast “regional landscape stars”, email to submit a species you think should be on the list. Tell us why, which light-moisture zone it thrives in, and suggest bullet points for gardeners.


If you have a good southeast landscaping plant list, send it. If you want to be even more helpful, request our form that explains the species criteria and has the required fields that fit the brochure layout. If you want to vet the draft list when it is completed, send me your name and email. I’ll send you a copy of species and their bullet points in July.


If you have any human resources to improve the outcome, we hope you offer them (host a meeting, create a local task group, provide editing of the bullet points, select plant photographs, or obtain photo releases).

Plant photos above: Mature Wax Myrtle, Myrica cerifera, and Keys Morningglory, Jacquemontia pentanthos by Roger Hammer.

Speaker events are on 2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm at the Secret Woods.
Field Trips are usually on a following weekend but they vary,
so always check the Calendar and check again for last minute trip updates.
Visit for a wealth of information about local plants.
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