Shade to Part Shade, Moist Soils

Below is a list of plants of plants we recommend for landscaping and restoration projects in and around the Pensacola area under shady, moist 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 owner’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. 

Trees

 

Aesculus pavia

red buckeye

Carpinus caroliniana

american hornbeam

Cornus asperifolia

roughleaf dogwood

Halesia carolina

carolina silverbell

Hamamelis virginiana

american witchhazel

Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia

myrtle dahoon

Illicium floridanum

florida anisetree; florida anise

Kalmia latifolia

mountain laurel

Magnolia acuminata

cucumbertree

Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei

bigleaf magnolia; ashe's magnolia

Magnolia pyramidata

pyramid magnolia

Ostrya virginiana

eastern hophornbeam

Amelanchier arborea

common serviceberry

Cercis canadensis

eastern redbud

Sabal minor

dwarf palmetto; bluestem palm

Cornus amomum

silky dogwood

Cornus florida

flowering dogwood

Cornus foemina

swamp dogwood

Halesia diptera

two-wing silverbell

Ilex coriacea

large gallberry; sweet gallberry

Ilex decidua

possumhaw

Ilex opaca var. opaca

American holly

Magnolia grandiflora

southern magnolia

Ilex cassine var. cassine

dahoon

Prunus angustifolia

chickasaw plum

Taxus floridana

florida yew

Styrax americanus

american snowbell

Styrax grandifolius

bigleaf snowbell

Symplocos tinctoria

common sweetleaf; horse sugar

Shrubs

 

Calycanthus floridus

eastern sweetshrub

Euonymus americanus

american strawberrybush

Hydrangea quercifolia

oakleaf hydrangea; graybeard

Itea virginica

virginia willow; virginia sweetspire

Leucothoe axillaris

coastal doghobble

Callicarpa americana

american beautyberry

Hypericum hypericoides

st.andrew's-cross

Ilex vomitoria

yaupon

Pieris phyllyreifolia

fetterbush

Fothergilla gardenii

dwarf fothergilla or coastal fothergilla

Hamelia patens

firebush

Serenoa repens

saw palmetto

Crataegus marshallii

parsley hawthorn

Sideroxylon lanuginosum

gum bully

Morella cerifera

evergreen bayberry; northern bayberry

Rhododendron canescens

sweet pinxter azalea; mountain azalea

Lyonia lucida

fetterbush

Vaccinium arboreum

sparkleberry; farkleberry

Viburnum dentatum

mapleleaf viburnum

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

needle palm

Viburnum obovatum

walter's viburnum; small-leaf viburnum

Viburnum rufidulum

rusty blackhaw

Rhododendron alabamense

alabama azalea

Rhododendron austrinum

florida flame azalea; orange azalea

Rhododendron viscosum

swamp azalea

Stewartia malacodendron

silky camellia

Viburnum acerifolium

mapleleaf viburnum

Viburnum nudum

possumhaw

Forbs

 

Aquilegia canadensis

wild columbine

Arisaema dracontium

green dragon

Arisaema triphyllum

jack-in-the-pulpit

Asarum arifolium

wild ginger

Conoclinium coelestinum

blue mistflower

Elephantopus elatus

tall elephantsfoot

Erythrina herbacea

coralbean; cherokee bean

Houstonia procumbens

innocence; roundleaf bluet

Salvia lyrata

lyreleaf sage

Phlox divaricata

wild blue phlox

Ruellia caroliniensis

carolina wild petunia

Rivina humilis

rougeplant

Rudbeckia laciniata

cutleaf coneflower

Ruellia spp.

wild petunia

Salvia coccinea

tropical sage; blood sage

Tradescantia ohiensis

bluejacket; ohio spiderwort

Viola palmata

early blue violet

Heliopsis helianthoides var. gracilis

smooth oxeye

Scutellaria incana

hoary skullcap

Vernonia gigantea

giant ironweed

Viola sororia

common blue violet

Iris verna var. smalliana

dwarf violet iris

Lobelia cardinalis

cardinalflower

Mitchella repens

partridgeberry; twinberry

Sanguinaria canadensis

american elder; elderberry

Spigelia marilandica

woodland pinkroot

Trillium spp.

wakerobin

Verbesina virginica

white crownbeard; frostweed

Viola lanceolata

bog white violet

Viola primulifolia

primroseleaf violet

Grasses

 

Chasmanthium latifolium

indian woodoats

Chasmanthium laxum

slender woodoats

Chasmanthium sessiliflorum

longleaf woodoats

Chasmanthium spp.

woodoats

Dichanthelium commutatum

panic grass

Dichanthelium spp.

witchgrass

Arundinaria gigantea

switchcane

Carex spp.

sedge

Oplismenus setarius

woodsgrass; basketgrass

Ferns

 

Adiantum capillus-veneris

southern maidenhair

Zamia integrifolia

florida arrowroot; coontie

Asplenium platyneuron

ebony spleenwort

Athyrium filix-femina

southern lady fern

Botrychium biternatum

southern grape-fern

Nephrolepis exaltata

sword fern; wild boston fern

Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis

royal fern

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

cinnamon fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

christmas fern

Psilotum nudum

whisk-fern

Telmatoblechnum serrulatum

toothed midsorus fern; swamp fern

Thelypteris dentata

 

Thelypteris hispidula var. versicolor

hairy maiden fern

Thelypteris kunthii

widespread maiden fern; southern shield fern

Woodwardia areolata

netted chain fern

Woodwardia virginica

virginia chain fern

Vines

 

Aristolochia serpentaria

virginia snakeroot

Aristolochia tomentosa

woolly dutchman's-pipe

Passiflora lutea

yellow passionflower

Passiflora suberosa

corkystem passionflower

Bignonia capreolata

crossvine

Campsis radicans

trumpet creeper

Gelsemium sempervirens

yellow jessamine; carolina jessamine; evening trumpetflower

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

virginia creeper; woodbine

Smilax pumila

sarsaparilla vine

Gelsemium rankinii

rankin's jessamine; swamp jessamine

Epiphytes

 

Phlebodium aureum

golden polypody

Aquatic

 

Hymenocallis latifolia

mangrove spiderlily; perfumed spiderlily