Shade to Part Shade, Dry Soils

Below is a list of plants of plants we recommend for landscaping and restoration projects in and around the Pensacola area under shady, dry conditions. Many of these plants are sold by native plant nurseries, local nurseries, and from other plant vendors. Still others may be acquired from members or collected ethically with a land onwer’s permission.

 We recommend supporting a plant vendor within the Florida Association of Native Plant Nurseries (FANN) but other nurseries also sell these plants. This list is designed as a first step in choosing a plant for your site and not as a blanket recommendation. For more information about these plants please visit the FNPS website or use another trusted source.

Here we break plants up into functional groups including trees, shrubs, herbs, grass and grasses-likes, ferns and fern-likes. We then have the scientific name sorted alphabetically by genus. To generate a common name, place the scientific name into the search bar of the FL Vascular Plants website.



Chionanthus virginicus

white fringetree

Ilex ambigua

Carolina holly; sand holly

Ilex opaca var. opaca

American holly

Magnolia grandiflora

southern magnolia

Prunus angustifolia

chickasaw plum



Callicarpa americana

American beautyberry

Hypericum hypericoides


Ilex vomitoria


Serenoa repens

saw palmetto

Sideroxylon lanuginosum

gum bully

Vaccinium arboreum

sparkleberry; farkleberry



Elephantopus elatus

tall elephantsfoot

Erythrina herbacea

coralbean; cherokee bean

Salvia lyrata

lyreleaf sage

Ruellia caroliniensis

carolina wild petunia

Ruellia spp.

wild petunia

Salvia coccinea

tropical sage; blood sage

Tradescantia ohiensis

bluejacket; ohio spiderwort

Scutellaria incana

hoary skullcap



Dichanthelium spp.




Zamia integrifolia

Florida arrowroot; coontie



Passiflora suberosa

corkystem passionflower

Campsis radicans

trumpet creeper

Gelsemium sempervirens

yellow jessamine; carolina jessamine; evening trumpetflower



Hymenocallis latifolia

mangrove spiderlily; perfumed spiderlily