Wild South Florida — Flowering Plants and Trees
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Flowering Plants and Trees
Swamp lily photographed at Shark Vally
trumpet flower  

Below is an index to our growing inventory of the plants of South Florida. We include native, naturalized and invasive plants — basically anything you're likely to find growing in the wild.

Plants are indexed by generally accepted common names, but of course a species might have any number of "generally accepted common names." We've included alternatives on the actual plant page, and in some cases, alternative scientific names as well.


If you can't find a particular plant in the index, try the search box. If you still can't find it, we probably don't have it. Yet.

Each page includes photographs, scientific names, key identifying features, cultural and medical uses and how it fits within the South Florida ecosystem. Many pages have USDA distribution maps showing a plant's North American and Florida range. Each page also has links to sources beyond our site.

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red fkiwer
fire flag
red leaves
purple flower
blue flowers
common pawpaw

baby woodrose

Baby Woodrose









giant bulrush

Giant Bulrush



Knotted Spikerush





red mangrove



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Sandhill Jointweed
Tassel Flowers






wild plumbago

Wild Plumbago




Additional Research Links for Plants and Trees

We use a variety of sources to identify the plants we've listed. Key among them are the literature, educational kiosks and websites for the various natural areas, parks and public lands where we photographed them.Other major sources include academic websites, including the University of Florida and the University of South Florida's Atlas of Vascular Plants. Delray's Institute for Regional Conservation has several useful databases, including inventories of plants for the region. by county and by conservation area. The United States Department of Agriculture's PLANTS profile pages provides information on range both in North America and by county for Florida. We also use a variety of private sites for identifying plants, verifying the information with academic, research and government sites. Links to the sites are listed below.


Institute for Regional Conservation Center for Plant Conservation USF Atlas of Vascular Plants
Natives for Your Neighborhood USDA PLANTS Database Project Noah — Flora of Florida
FLEPPC Invasive Plants Lists UF Center for Invasive and Aquatic Plants Eat the Weeds
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Florida Wildflowers Corkscrew Inventory (PDF) SWFWMD Field Guide to Plants
red and yellow flower false rosemary blazing star flower