Sun to Part Sun, Moist Soils

Below is a list of plants of plants we recommend for landscaping and restoration projects in and around the Pensacola area under sunny, 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

Acer negundo

box elder

Acer rubrum

red maple

Acer saccharum subsp. floridanum

Florida maple

Alnus serrulata

hazel alder

Amelanchier arborea

common serviceberry

Aralia spinosa

devil's walkingstick

Asimina parviflora

smallflower pawpaw

Betula nigra

river birch

Carya cordiformis

bitternut hickory

Carya glabra

pignut hickory

Castanea dentata

american chestnut

Catalpa bignonioides

southern catalpa

Celtis laevigata

sugarberry

Celtis occidentalis

hackberry

Cercis canadensis

eastern redbud

Chamaecyparis thyoides

atlantic white cedar

Cliftonia monophylla

black titi

Cornus amomum

silky dogwood

Cornus florida

flowering dogwood

Cornus foemina

swamp dogwood

Diospyros virginiana

common persimmon

Fagus grandifolia

american beech

Fraxinus americana

white ash

Fraxinus caroliniana

carolina ash; water ash; pop ash

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

green ash; pumpkin ash

Gleditsia triacanthos

honey locust

Halesia diptera

two-wing silverbell

Ilex cassine var. cassine

dahoon

Ilex coriacea

large gallberry; sweet gallberry

Ilex decidua

possumhaw

Ilex glabra

inkberry; gallberry

Ilex opaca var. opaca

American holly

Juniperus virginiana

red cedar

Liquidambar styraciflua

sweetgum

Liriodendron tulipifera

tuliptree; yellow poplar

Magnolia grandiflora

southern magnolia

Morus rubra

red mulberry

Nyssa sylvatica

blackgum

Oxydendrum arboreum

sourwood

Persea borbonia var. borbonia

red bay

Pinckneya bracteata

fevertree

Pinus echinata

shortleaf pine; yellow pine

Pinus elliottii

slash pine

Pinus glabra

spruce pine

Pinus palustris

longleaf pine

Pinus taeda

pond pine

Platanus occidentalis

american sycamore; american planetree

Prunus angustifolia

chickasaw plum

Prunus caroliniana

chickasaw plum

Prunus serotina

chickasaw plum

Prunus umbellata

flatwoods plum; hog plum

Quercus alba

white oak

Quercus austrina

bastard white oak

Quercus falcata

spanish oak; southern red oak

Quercus hemisphaerica

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

Quercus incana

bluejack oak

Quercus laurifolia

laurel oak; diamond oak; darlington oak

Quercus lyrata

overcup oak

Quercus michauxii

basket oak; swamp chestnut oak

Quercus minima

dwarf live oak

Quercus nigra

water oak

Quercus phellos

willow oak

Quercus prinoides

dwarf chinquapin oak

Quercus pumila

running oak

Quercus shumardii

shumard's oak

Quercus virginiana

live oak

Sabal palmetto

cabbage palm

Styrax americanus

american snowbell

Styrax grandifolius

bigleaf snowbell

Symplocos tinctoria

common sweetleaf; horse sugar

Taxodium ascendens

pond-cypress

Taxodium distichum

bald-cypress

Ulmus alata

winged elm

Ulmus americana

american elm

Ulmus crassifolia

cedar elm

Ulmus rubra

slippery elm

Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

hercules-club

Shrubs

Amorpha fruticosa

bastard flase indigo

Aronia arbutifolia

red chokeberry

Asimina triloba

common pawpaw

Baccharis angustifolia

saltwater falsewillow

Baccharis glomeruliflora

silverling

Baccharis halimifolia

saltbush

Borrichia frutescens

bushy seaside oxeye

Callicarpa americana

american beautyberry

Ceanothus americanus

new jersey tea

Ceanothus microphyllus

littleleaf buckbrush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

common buttonbush

Clethra alnifolia

coastal sweetpepperbush

Crataegus marshallii

parsley hawthorn

Crataegus viridis

green hawthorn

Fothergilla gardenii

dwarf fothergilla or coastal fothergilla

Gaylussacia frondosa

blue huckleberry

Gaylussacia mosieri

woolly huckleberry

Hamelia patens

firebush

Hypericum cistifolium

roundpod st.john's-wort

Hypericum hypericoides

st.andrew's-cross

Hypericum myrtifolium

myrtleleaf st.john's-wort

Hypericum tetrapetalum

fourpetal st.john's-wort

Ilex verticillata

common winterberry

Ilex vomitoria

yaupon

Kalmia hirsuta

wicky; hairy laurel

Lyonia lucida

fetterbush

Morella caroliniensis

evergreen bayberry; northern bayberry

Morella cerifera

evergreen bayberry; northern bayberry

Morella inodora

odorless bayberry

Philadelphus inodorus

scentless mockorange

Rhododendron canescens

sweet pinxter azalea; mountain azalea

Rhus copallinum

winged sumac

Salix caroliniana

carolina willow; coastalplain willow

Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis

american elder; elderberry

Sassafras albidum

sassafras

Senna obtusifolia

coffeeweed; sicklepod

Serenoa repens

saw palmetto

Sideroxylon lanuginosum

gum bully

Sideroxylon reclinatum subsp. reclinatum

florida bully

Sideroxylon thornei

georgia bully; thorne's buckthorn

Vaccinium arboreum

sparkleberry; farkleberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

highbush blueberry

Viburnum dentatum

mapleleaf viburnum

Viburnum obovatum

walter's viburnum; small-leaf viburnum

Viburnum rufidulum

rusty blackhaw

Forb

 

Achillea millefolium

yarrow

Agalinis fasciculata

beach false foxglove

Agalinis spp.

foxglove

Agave virginica

fale aloe

Allium canadense var. canadense

wild onion

Asclepias amplexicaulis

clasping milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

swamp milkweed

Asclepias lanceolata

fewflower milkweed

Asclepias perennis

swamp milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

whorled milkweed

Baptisia alba

white wild indigo

Baptisia lanceolata

gopherweed

Baptisia megacarpa

apalachicola wild indigo

Batis maritima

saltwort

Boltonia asteroides

white doll's daisy

Carphephorus odoratissimus

vanillaleaf

Carphephorus paniculatus

hairy chaffhead

Carphephorus pseudoliatris

bristleleaf chaffhead

Chaptalia tomentosa

woolly sunbonnets

Cirsium horridulum

purple thistle

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

tread-softly

Conoclinium coelestinum

blue mistflower

Coreopsis gladiata

coastalplain tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

lanceleaf tickseed

Coreopsis leavenworthii

leavenworth's tickseed

Coreopsis linifolia

texas tickseed

Coreopsis nudata

georgia tickseed

Echinacea purpurea

eastern purple coneflower

Elephantopus elatus

tall elephantsfoot

Erigeron quercifolius

oakleaf fleabane

Eryngium aquaticum

rattlesnakemaster

Eryngium integrifolium

blueflower eryngo

Eryngium prostratum

creeping eryngo

Eryngium yuccifolium

button rattlesnakemaster; button eryngo

Erythrina herbacea

coralbean; cherokee bean

Eupatorium rotundifolium

roundleaf thoroughwort; false horehound

Euphorbia heterophylla 

fiddler's spurge

Gaylussacia dumosa

dwarf huckleberry

Helenium vernale

savannah sneezeweed

Helianthus angustifolius

narrowleaf sunflower; swamp sunflower

Helianthus radula

stiff sunflower

Hibiscus aculeatus

comfortroot

Hibiscus coccineus

scarlet rosemallow

Hibiscus grandiflorus

swamp rosemallow

Hibiscus laevis

halberdleaf rosemallow

Hibiscus moscheutos

crimsoneyed rosemallow

Houstonia procumbens

innocence; roundleaf bluet

Hydrocotyle umbellata

manyflower marshpennywort

Iva frutescens

bigleaf sumpweed

Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

virginia saltmarsh mallow

Liatris gracilis

slender gayfeather

Liatris spicata

dense gayfeather

Liatris squarosa

scaly gayfeather

Ludwigia spp.

primrosewillow

Marshallia graminifolia

grassleaf barbara's buttons

Mimosa strigillosa

powderpuff

Oenothera laciniata

cutleaf eveningprimrose

Oenothera simulans

southern beeblossom

Packera glabella

butterweed

Penstemon australis

eustis lake beardtongue

Phlox divaricata

wild blue phlox

Phlox pilosa

downy phlox

Phyla nodiflora

turkey tangle fogfruit; capeweed

Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana

pitted stripeseed

Pityopsis oligantha

grassleaf goldenaster

Pycnanthemum spp.

mountainmint

Rhexia mariana

pale meadowbeauty; maryland meadowbeauty

Rhexia nashii

maid marian

Rhexia spp.

meadowbeauty

Rhynchosia spp.

snoutbean

Rivina humilis

rougeplant

Rudbeckia fulgida

orange coneflower

Rudbeckia hirta

blackeyed susan

Rudbeckia laciniata

cutleaf coneflower

Rudbeckia mollis

softhair coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba

browneyed susan

Ruellia caroliniensis

carolina wild petunia

Ruellia spp.

wild petunia

Saccharum spp.

plumegrass

Salvia azurea

azure blue sage

Salvia coccinea

tropical sage; blood sage

Salvia lyrata

lyreleaf sage

Scutellaria integrifolia

helmet skullcap

Sericocarpus tortifolius

whitetop aster; dixie aster

Sesuvium portulacastrum

shoreline seapurslane

Silphium asteriscus

starry rosinweed

Silphium compositum

kidneyleaf rosinweed

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

narrowleaf blue-eyed grass

Solidago sempervirens

seaside goldenrod

Solidago stricta

wand goldenrod

Stillingia sylvatica

queensdelight

Stokesia laevis

stokes' aster

Stylosanthes biflora

sidebeak pencilflower

Symphyotrichum adnatum

scaleleaf aster

Tephrosia spicata

spiked hoarypea

Tephrosia virginiana

goat's rue

Tephrosia virginiana

goat's rue

Tetragontheca helianthoides

pineland nerveray; squarehead

Teucrium canadense

wood sage; canadian germander

Tradescantia hirsutiflora

hairyflower spiderwort

Tradescantia ohiensis

bluejacket; ohio spiderwort

Triodanis perfoliata

clasping venus' looking-glass

Vernonia gigantea

giant ironweed

Viola palmata

early blue violet

Viola sororia

common blue violet

Yucca filamentosa

adam's needle

Zephyranthes atamasca

atamasco lily; rainlily

Grasses

 

Amphicarpum muehlenbergianum

blue maidencane

Andropogon glomeratus

bushy bluestem

Aristida stricta

wiregrass

Arundinaria gigantea

switchcane

Carex spp.

sedge

Cladium jamaicense

jamaica swamp sawgrass

Coleataenia longifolia

ciliate redtop panicum

Cyperus odoratus

fragrant flatsedge

Dichanthelium spp.

witchgrass

Elymus virginicus

virginia wildrye

Eragrostis spectabilis

purple lovegrass

Hypoxis juncea

fringed yellow stargrass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

hairawn muhly

Panicum hemitomon

maidencane

Panicum virgatum

maidencane

Paspalum distichum

knotgrass

Paspalum spp.

crowngrass

Paspalum vaginatum

seashore paspalum

Rhynchospora colorata

starrush whitetop

Rhynchospora latifolia

giant whitetop

Rhynchospora spp.

beaksedge

Rhynchospora tracyi 

tracy's beaksedge

Saccharum alopecuroides

silver plumegrass

Saccharum giganteum

sugarcane plumegrass

Schizachyrium scoparium

little bluestem

Schizachyrium stoloniferum

creeping little bluestem

Schizachyrium tenerum

slender bluestem

Scleria spp.

nutrush

Sorghastrum nutans

yellow indiangrass

Sorghastrum secundum

lopsided indiangrass

Spartina alterniflora

saltmarsh cordgrass; smooth cordgrass

Spartina bakeri

sand cordgrass

Spartina patens

marshhay cordgrass; saltmeadow cordgrass

Spartina spartinae

gulf cordgrass

Sporobolus virginicus

seashore dropseed

Tridens flavus

purpletop tridens

Tripsacum dactyloides

eastern gamagrass; fakahatcheegrass

Tripsacum floridanum

florida mock gamagrass; florida tripsacum

Epiphyte

Pleopeltis michauxiana

resurrection fern

Tillandsia recurvata

ballmoss

Tillandsia usneoides

spanish moss

Fern

Equisetum hyemale var. affine

scouring-rush

Pteridium aquilinum

bracken

Zamia integrifolia

florida arrowroot; coontie

Vine

Bignonia capreolata

crossvine

Campsis radicans

trumpet creeper

Centrosema virginianum

spurred butterfly pea

Clematis crispa

swamp leather-flower

Clematis reticulata

netleaf leather-flower

Gelsemium rankinii

rankin's jessamine; swamp jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens

yellow jessamine; carolina jessamine; evening trumpetflower

Ipomoea hederifolia

scarletcreeper

Lonicera sempervirens

coral honeysuckle; trumpet honeysuckle

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

virginia creeper; woodbine

Passiflora incarnata

seashore paspalum

Rubus spp.

dewberry

Smilax pumila

sarsaparilla vine

Vitis aestivalis

summer grape

Vitis rotundifolia

muscadine

Wisteria frutescens

american wisteria

Aquatic

 

Hymenocallis latifolia

mangrove spiderlily; perfumed spiderlily