7 Native Florida Plants To Plant in Your Tallahassee Yard

By Cristi McKee | Photo: Andreas

This spring, instead of opting to plant exotic or invasive plants, consider planting flowers, shrubs, and trees that are native to Florida—some of which you may already have in your yard! Planting these native plants help support local ecosystems, create habitats for natural life, and ensures that the bugs, birds, insects, and more in Tallahassee will keep coming back to your yard.   

Sparkleberry — Sparkleberry, or vaccinium arboreum, is typically recognizable because of its small, white, bell-shaped flowers and inedible black berries. A small tree or shrub, sparkleberries cause few to no allergies and emit a pleasant fragrance when in bloom.

Sparkleberry | Photo: Sabrina Setaro

Purple coneflower — Known by its botanical name, Echinacea purpurea, this purple and pink flower is part of the sunflower family, appears daisy-like, and blooms in spring and summer. They attract butterflies and stand against wind and rain. 

Purple coneflower | Photo: Jeffrey Hamilton

Florida flame azalea — Also known by Rhododendrum austrinum or orange azalea, Florida flame azaleas are typically mass-planted and make a wonderful sight of yellow and orange blooms. A shrub, they attract hummingbirds and do not tend to be affected by pests. 

Florida flame azalea | Photo: Kristine Tanne

Wild passion flower — Wild passion flowers, maypop, or Passiflora spp, are perennial vines that flower in pink-purple shades, which only live for a day. They also create edible (though reportedly not tasty) fruit, and attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. 

Wild passion flower | Photo: Francisco Villena

Coontie — Visually similar to a palm or ferns, the Zamia integrifolia is an ideal substitute for Boston ferns. A cyad, they are typically planted to form a clumping effect, are suitable for indoor planting, and attract butterflies.

Coontie | Photo: Oxley Nursery

Firebush — Firebushes, or Hamelia patens, produce tubular red-orange flowers throughout most of the year and grow fairly quickly. Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, these shrubs are typically planted in mass. 

Firebush | Photo: Katja Schulz

You can find an entire list of native Florida plants by visiting the University of Florida IFAS Extension website, here.

2 thoughts on “7 Native Florida Plants To Plant in Your Tallahassee Yard

  1. Hi ,It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Talk soon! many thanks


  2. Yeah well I bought a five gallon fire bush last year, it did real well, then the cold killed it to the ground! They are not cold hardy and unless you want to build a cold frame big enough or cover every event under say 40 degrees, you are wasting your money


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