Coontie Palm (zamia pumila) | Florida Nursery MartThe Coontie Palm is Florida's only native cycad. It resembles a small palm and offers a lush tropical look. Coonties are drought resistant, easy to maintain, and are relatively salt tolerant. Coontie Palms are also the host plant for the rare Atala butterfly caterpillar.
Ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia)- Often seen in meadows and fallow fields the rich purple of the flowers and the tall straight stems make this plant easy to spot through out the state of Florida. This native perennial plant is 2-4 feet tall and unbranched. The central stem is round, hairless, and white, light green, or reddish purple. The alternate leaves are up to 5 inches long and ½ inch across. The ironweed flower cluster is quite dense, rather than loose and spreading. The flowering…
Florida SPIDERWORT. The young leaves and stems, which taste like green beans, can be used in salads, added to soups, or boiled and served as a vegetable. Cherokees and Creek's parboiled or fried T. virginiana (a close relative of T. Ohiensis) and mixed it with other greens. The Timucua of Florida did the same with Ohiensis. The purple flowers make quite a conversation piece when sprinkled atop a green salad or a fruit salad for a dinner party or candied for spectacular desserts toppings.
Hardy ageratum, Mist flower (Eupatorium coelestinum) Shade tolerance Light to medium Size 1 to 2 feet tall Powder puff blue flowers in late summer to fall. Prefers at least partial sun. Spreads readily.