Sun to Part Sun, Dry Soils

Here we separate the plants into functional groups including trees, shrubs, herbs, grass and grasses-likes, ferns and fern-likes that grow best in sun to part sun conditions with dry soils. We then have the scientific name sorted alphabetically by genus. 

Trees  

Scientific Names

Common Names

  • pignut hickory
  • sand hickory
  • mockernut hickory
  • persimmon
  • American holly
  • eastern red cedar
  • sweetgum
  • southern magnolia
  • sand pine
  • longleaf pine
  • chickasaw plum
  • cherry-laurel, laurel cherry
  • sand live oak
  • diamond oak, sand laurel oak, upland laurel oak

  • bluejack oak
  • turkey oak
  • laurel oak
  • sand post oak 
  • myrtle oak
  • water oak
  • winged elm

 

Shrubs  
  • scarlet savory, scarlet calamint, red basil

  • toothed savory

  • American beauty berry
  • false rosemary
  • Michaux's hawthorn

  • St. Andrew's-cross

  • yaupon holly
  • rusty lyonia

  • Chapman's oak

  • winged sumac
  • saw palmetto
  • gum bully
  • sparkleberry, farkleberry
  • Darrow's blueberry

  • shiny blueberry

  • deerberry

 

Forbs

 

  • common yarrow
  • fringed bluestar
  • lazy daisy, Arkansas dozedaisy
  • sandhill milkweed, pinewoods milkweed
  • butterflyweed, orange milkweed
  • bearded milkvetch
  • smooth yellow false foxglove
  • fernleaf yellow false foxglove
  • coastalplain honeycombhead, yellow buttons

  • hairy Florida wild indigo
  • gopherweed
  • soft greeneyes
  • sleeping plant, partridge pea
  • tread softly; finger-rot
  • whitemouth dayflower
  • lance-leaved tickseed 
  • Leavenworth's tickseed
  • carolina frostweed
  • pinebareen frostweed
  • rabbitbells
  • silver croton, healing croton
  • gulf croton, beach tea
  • summer farewell
  • elephant's foot
  • coralbean, Cherokee bean
  • cottonweed, plains snakecotton
  • blanket-flower, gaillardia, indian blanket

  • gopher apple
  • Spanish daisy
  • east coast dune sunflower
  • scorpion-tail
  • standing cypress
  • seacoast stumpweed
  • gold lantana
  • wild lantana, wild sage
  • shortleaf blazing-star, shortleaf gayfeather
  • Canadian toadflax
  • sky blue lupine
  • sundial lupine
  • lady lupine
  • gulf coast lupine
  • dotted horsemint
  • erect prickly-pear cactus
  • shell mound prickly-pear cactus
  • many flowered beardtongue
  • pineland silkgrass
  • silkgrass
  • largeflower jointweed, sandhill wireweed
  • jointweed, October flower
  • blackroot
  • dollarleaf
  • Carolina petunia, wild petunia
  • wild petunias
  • scarlet sage, tropical sage
  • lyre-leaf sage
  • rough skullcap, helmet skullcap
  • white-top aster, dixie aster
  • sea-purslane, shoreline seapurslane, cenicilla
  • starry rosinweed
  • kidney-leaf rosinweed
  • sweet-scented goldenrod
  • scurf hoarypea
  • spiked hoarypea
  • hairy spiderwort
  • Ohio spiderwort, bluejacket
  • forked bluecurls
  • Spanish bayonet, aloe yucca
  • Adam's needle, beargrass
  • coontie, arrowroot

 

Grasses and Grass-likes  
  • big bluestem
  • spiltbeard bluestem
  • broomsedge bluestem
  • chalky bluestem
  • wiregrass
  • witchgrass
  • saltgrass
  • Eliott's lovegrass
  • purple lovegrass
  • hairgrass muhlygrass
  • switchgrass
  • crowngrass
  • gulf bluestem
  • creeping bluestem
  • nutrush
  • pineywoods dropseed
  • sea oats

 

Ferns and fern-likes  
  • bracken fern

 

Vines  
  • trumpet-vine, trumpet creeper
  • net-leaf virgin's bower
  • Virginia virgin's bower
  • yellow jasmine, Carolina jasmine
  • beach morning glory
  • railroad vine, lavender goat-foot morning glory
  • passion vine, maypop, purple passionflower vine
  • muscadine

 

Trees

 

Cartrema americanum

wild olive

Carya pallida

sand hickory

Carya tomentosa

mockernut hickory

Pinus clausa

sand pine

Quercus geminata

sand live oak

Quercus laevis

turkey oak

Quercus margarettae

sand post oak

Quercus myrtifolia

myrtle oak

Quercus stellata

post oak

Carya glabra

pignut hickory

Diospyros virginiana

common persimmon

Juniperus virginiana

red cedar

Liquidambar styraciflua

sweetgum

Pinus palustris

longleaf pine

Prunus caroliniana

chickasaw plum

Quercus hemisphaerica

sand laurel oak, laurel oak, Darlington oak, laurel-leaf oak

Quercus incana

bluejack oak

Quercus laurifolia

laurel oak; diamond oak; darlington oak

Ilex opaca var. opaca

American holly

Quercus nigra

water oak

Sabal palmetto

cabbage palm

Magnolia grandiflora

southern magnolia

Prunus angustifolia

chickasaw plum

Ulmus alata

winged elm

Shrubs

 

Calamintha coccinea

scarlet calamint

Calamintha dentata

florida calamint

Conradina canescens

false rosemary

Crataegus michauxii

michaux's hawthorn

Lyonia ferruginea

rusty staggerbush

Callicarpa americana

american beautyberry

Hypericum hypericoides

st.andrew's-cross

Ilex vomitoria

yaupon

Gaylussacia frondosa

blue huckleberry

Serenoa repens

saw palmetto

Sideroxylon lanuginosum

gum bully

Vaccinium arboreum

sparkleberry; farkleberry

Quercus chapmanii

chapman's oak

Rhus copallinum

winged sumac

Vaccinium darrowii

darrow's blueberry

Vaccinium myrsinites

shiny blueberry

Vaccinium stamineum

deerberry

Forbs

 

Achillea millefolium

yarrow

Agalinis fasciculata

beach false foxglove

Agalinis spp.

foxglove

Amsonia ciliata

fringed bluestar

Aphanostephus skirrhobasis

lazy daisy

Argemone albiflora

bluestem pricklypoppy

Asclepias verticillata

whorled milkweed

Baptisia alba

white wild indigo

Asclepias humistrata

sandhill milkweed

Baptisia lanceolata

gopherweed

Asclepias tuberosa

butterflyweed

Astragalus villosus

bearded milkvetch

Aureolaria flava

smooth yellow false foxglove

Aureolaria pectinata

fernleaf yellow false foxglove

Balduina angustifolia

coastalplain honeycombhead

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

tread-softly

Baptisia hirsuta

hairy florida wild indigo

Coreopsis lanceolata

lanceleaf tickseed

Bejaria racemosa

tarflower

Berlandiera pumila

soft greeneyes

Coreopsis leavenworthii

leavenworth's tickseed

Cakile lanceolata

coastal searocket

Chamaecrista fasciculata

partridge pea

Elephantopus elatus

tall elephantsfoot

Chrysopsis gossypina

hairy goldenaster

Chrysopsis mariana

maryland goldenaster

Commelina erecta

whitemouth dayflower

Coreopsis major

greater tickseed

Erythrina herbacea

coralbean; cherokee bean

Crocanthemum carolinianum

carolina frostweed

Crocanthemum corymbosum

pinebarren frostweed

Crotalaria rotundifolia

rabbitbells

Croton argyranthemus

silver croton

Croton punctatus

gulf croton

Dalea pinnata

summer farewell

Rhynchosia spp.

snoutbean

Ruellia caroliniensis

carolina wild petunia

Ruellia spp.

wild petunia

Salvia coccinea

tropical sage; blood sage

Tradescantia ohiensis

bluejacket; ohio spiderwort

Scutellaria integrifolia

helmet skullcap

Forelichia floridana

prairie cottonweed, Florida snakecotton, large cottonweed, field snakecotton, or plains snakecotton

Sericocarpus tortifolius

whitetop aster; dixie aster

Sesuvium portulacastrum

shoreline seapurslane

Silphium asteriscus

starry rosinweed

Gaillardia pulchella

firewheel

Geobalanus oblongifolius

gopher apple

Tephrosia spicata

spiked hoarypea

Helenium amarum

spanish daisy; bitterweed

Helianthus debilis

dune sunflower

Heliotropium angiospermum

scorpionstail

Tradescantia hirsutiflora

hairyflower spiderwort

Yucca filamentosa

adam's needle

Ipomopsis rubra

standingcypress; spanish larkspur

Iva imbricata

seacoast marshelder

Lantana depressa

 

Lantana involucrata

buttonsage

Liatris tenuifolia

shortleaf gayfeather

Linaria canadensis

canadian licorice-root

Salvia lyrata

lyreleaf sage

Lupinus diffusus

skyblue lupine

Lupinus perennis

sundial lupine

Lupinus villosus

lady lupine

Lupinus westianus var. westianus

beckner's lupine; mcfarlin's lupine

Monarda punctata

spotted beebalm

Opuntia pusilla

 

Opuntia stricta

erect pricklypear; shell-mound pricklypear

Paronychia erecta

squareflower

Penstemon multiflorus

manyflower beardtongue

Physalis walteri

walter's groundcherry

Pityopsis aspera

pineland silkgrass

Pityopsis graminifolia

narrowleaf silkgrass

Polygonum nesomii

largeflower jointweed; sandhill wireweed

Polygonum polygamum var. polygamum

october flower

Pterocaulon pycnostachyum

blackroot

Seymeria

blacksenna

Solidago odora

 

Tephrosia chrysophylla

scurf hoarypea

Trichostema dichotomum

forked bluecurls

Yucca aloifolia

spanish bayonet; aloe yucca

Grasses

 

Andropogon gerardii

big bluestem

Andropogon ternarius

splitbeard bluestem

Andropogon virginicus

broomsedge bluestem

Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus

chalky bluestem

Distichlis spicata

saltgrass

Eragrostis elliottii

elliott's lovegrass

Dichanthelium spp.

witchgrass

Eragrostis spectabilis

purple lovegrass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

hairawn muhly

Aristida stricta

wiregrass

Schizachyrium scoparium

little bluestem

Paspalum spp.

crowngrass

Schizachyrium tenerum

slender bluestem

Tridens flavus

purpletop tridens

Panicum amarum

bitter panicgrass

Scleria spp.

nutrush

Schizachyrium maritimum

gulf bluestem

Sporobolus junceus

pineywoods dropseed

Uniola paniculata

seaoats

Ferns

 

Pteridium aquilinum

bracken

Zamia integrifolia

florida arrowroot; coontie

Epiphyte

 

Pleopeltis michauxiana

resurrection fern

Vines

 

Clematis virginiana

virginsbower

Ipomoea imperati

beach morning-glory

Ipomoea pes-caprae ssp. brasiliensis

railroad vine; bayhops

Clematis reticulata

netleaf leather-flower

Ipomoea hederifolia

scarletcreeper

Campsis radicans

trumpet creeper

Passiflora incarnata

seashore paspalum

Gelsemium sempervirens

yellow jessamine; carolina jessamine; evening trumpetflower

Vitis rotundifolia

muscadine

Aquatic

 

Hymenocallis latifolia

mangrove spiderlily; perfumed spiderlily