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Your Title: What Florida Native Plants Grow In A Pot?

Updated: Feb 28

A couple to note: Giant Sword Fern and Peperomia

Giant Sword Fern, Nephrolepis biserrata is a perennial fern with fronds reaching 2.5 meters tall. This fern is so large it can be used as hedges, foundation plantings and shrub borders in full sun or shade.

The ferns show great promise in terms of being low-maintenance; I've only watered them a few times since planting to aid in their establishment.

"I'm amazed at the stunning beauty of these giant ferns, and it's incredible how little effort they require to maintain their pristine appearance!" - Me! :)

For over ten years, I've contemplated these giant pots in my garden, pondering what could thrive with minimal care and attention. After planting these Giant Sword ferns, stepping into my garden feels like entering a scene straight out of Jurassic Park.

Before opting for Giant Sword Ferns in these urns, below, I had bromeliads that attracted blood-sucking mosquitoes. Managing them became a hassle, as I had to periodically remove their serrated-edged pups, which was far from enjoyable.

Nephrolepis biserrata's current distribution includes Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (Kartesz, 1999). Within Florida, it is occasionally found in swamps and wet hammocks; sometimes epiphytic; from the central and southern peninsula (Wunderlin, 2003).

Florida Peperomia, Peperomia obtusifolia

Another notable Florida native plant for potting is the Florida Peperomia, Peperomia obtusifolia. The popular and easy-to-grow semi-succulent nature of it, makes it an excellent choice for potting, whether indoors, in the shade garden, or on the patio.

One unique aspect of Peperomia is its ability to purify the air, as supported by NASA research. The supplementary Wolverton's Clean Air study reveals that Peperomia can reduce indoor formaldehyde levels by 47%, which is particularly reassuring considering the significant presence of this substance in indoor air.

...more to come : (Twinflower, Brown's Savory, Turkey Tangle Fogfruit)

What Florida Native Plants Will Grow In A Pot?

Section 1: Notables

Whether indoors or outdoors, in shade or sun, here are a few notable Florida natives that will thrive in a pot:

  • Giant Sword Fern, Nephropis biserrata

  • Florida Peperomia, Peperomia obtusifolia

  • Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, Phyla nodiflora

  • Twinflower, Dyschoriste sp.

  • Brown's Savory, Micromeria

  • Florida native Violets, Viola sp.

  • Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Ilex schillings Stokes Dwarf

  • Coontie, Zamia pumila

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