Sun to Part Sun, Wet Soils

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

Carya aquatica

water hickory

Gleditsia aquatica

water locust

Gordonia lasianthus

loblolly bay

Magnolia virginiana

sweetbay

Nyssa aquatica

water tupelo

Nyssa biflora

swamp tupelo

Nyssa ogeche

ogeechee tupelo

Persea palustris

swamp bay

Pinus serotina

pond pine

Planera aquatica

waterelm; planertree

Populus deltoides

eastern cottonwood

Populus heterophylla

eastern cottonwood

Alnus serrulata

hazel alder

Betula nigra

river birch

Chamaecyparis thyoides

atlantic white cedar

Cliftonia monophylla

black titi

Fraxinus caroliniana

carolina ash; water ash; pop ash

Ilex cassine var. cassine

dahoon

Liriodendron tulipifera

tuliptree; yellow poplar

Persea borbonia var. borbonia

red bay

Pinus elliottii

slash pine

Pinus glabra

spruce pine

Prunus serotina

chickasaw plum

Quercus lyrata

overcup oak

Quercus nigra

water oak

Taxodium ascendens

pond-cypress

Taxodium distichum

bald-cypress

Ulmus crassifolia

cedar elm

Shrubs

Cyrilla racemiflora

titi

Hypericum fasciculatum

sandweed; peelbark st.john's-wort

Hypericum tenuifolium

atlantic st.john's-wort

Litsea aestivalis

pondspice

Lycium carolinianum

christmasberry; carolina desert-thorn

Aronia arbutifolia

red chokeberry

Baccharis angustifolia

saltwater falsewillow

Baccharis glomeruliflora

silverling

Baccharis halimifolia

saltbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

common buttonbush

Clethra alnifolia

coastal sweetpepperbush

Crataegus marshallii

parsley hawthorn

Hypericum cistifolium

roundpod st.john's-wort

Ilex verticillata

common winterberry

Lyonia lucida

fetterbush

Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis

american elder; elderberry

Salix nigra

black willow

Forbs

 

Amianthium muscaetoxicum

flypoison

Apios americana

groundnut

Asclepias incarnata

swamp milkweed

Asclepias lanceolata

fewflower milkweed

Asclepias perennis

swamp milkweed

Batis maritima

saltwort

Chaptalia tomentosa

woolly sunbonnets

Bacopa caroliniana

lemon bacopa

Bacopa monnieri

herb-of-grace

Balduina uniflora

oneflower honeycombhead

Conoclinium coelestinum

blue mistflower

Coreopsis gladiata

coastalplain tickseed

Bidens laevis

bidens laevis

Bidens mitis

smallfruit beggarticks

Bigelowia nudata ssp. nudata

pineland rayless goldenrod

Coreopsis linifolia

texas tickseed

Boehmeria cylindrica

false nettle

Coreopsis nudata

georgia tickseed

Canna flaccida

bandanna-of-the-everglades

Helenium vernale

savannah sneezeweed

Helianthus angustifolius

narrowleaf sunflower; swamp sunflower

Hibiscus coccineus

scarlet rosemallow

Hibiscus grandiflorus

swamp rosemallow

Hibiscus laevis

halberdleaf rosemallow

Hydrocotyle umbellata

manyflower marshpennywort

Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

virginia saltmarsh mallow

Liatris gracilis

slender gayfeather

Ludwigia spp.

primrosewillow

Marshallia graminifolia

grassleaf barbara's buttons

Phyla nodiflora

turkey tangle fogfruit; capeweed

Pityopsis oligantha

grassleaf goldenaster

Crinum americanum

seven-sisters

Rhexia mariana

pale meadowbeauty; maryland meadowbeauty

Rhexia nashii

maid marian

Rhexia spp.

meadowbeauty

Eleocharis spp.

spikerush

Saccharum spp.

plumegrass

Salvia lyrata

lyreleaf sage

Solidago sempervirens

seaside goldenrod

Habenaria repens

waterspider false reinorchid

Helenium flexuosum

spanish daisy; bitterweed

Teucrium canadense

wood sage; canadian germander

Viola palmata

early blue violet

Hyptis alata

clustered bushmint; musky mint

Iris hexagona

carolina iris; dixie iris

Iris virginica

virginia iris; blue flag iris

Lachnanthes caroliana

carolina redroot

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum

winged loosestrife

Mecardonia acuminata

axilflower

Persicaria glabra

denseflower knotweed

Persicaria hydropiperoides

denseflower knotweed

Persicaria punctata

dotted smartweed

Pinguicula

butterwort

Pluchea spp.

camphorweed

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

carolina desertchicory

Sabatia decandra

bartram's rosegentian

Sabatia grandiflora

largeflower rosegentian

Sabatia spp.

rosegentian

Sagittaria lancifolia

bulltongue arrowhead

Sagittaria latifolia

broadleaf arrowhead; common arrowhead; duck potato

Sagittaria spp.

arrowhead

Sarracenia flava

yellow pitcherplant

Saururus cernuus

lizard's tail

Tiedemannia filiformis

water cowbane

Grasses

 

Bolboschoenus robustus

saltmarsh bulrush

Coleataenia rigidula

redtop panicum

Ctenium aromaticum

toothachegrass

Eleocharis cellulosa

gulf coast spikerush

Fimbristylis spp.

fimbry

Amphicarpum muehlenbergianum

blue maidencane

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

Juncus effusus subsp. solutus

soft rush

Juncus spp.

rush

Paspalum spp.

crowngrass

Rhynchospora colorata

starrush whitetop

Rhynchospora latifolia

giant whitetop

Rhynchospora spp.

beaksedge

Rhynchospora tracyi 

tracy's beaksedge

Saccharum alopecuroides

silver plumegrass

Saccharum giganteum

sugarcane plumegrass

Scleria spp.

nutrush

Spartina patens

marshhay cordgrass; saltmeadow cordgrass

Schoenoplectus americanus

american bulrush

Schoenoplectus californicus

giant bulrush; california bulrush

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

softstem bulrush

Scirpus spp.

bulrush

Zizaniopsis miliacea

southern wild rice; giant cutgrass

Ferns

 

Equisetum hyemale var. affine

scouring-rush

Vines

 

Ipomoea sagittata

saltmarsh morning-glory

Gelsemium rankinii

rankin's jessamine; swamp jessamine

Aquatic

 

Ludwigia repens

creeping primrosewillow