The Q&A Archives: Florida Perennials

Question: What are the best perennials for southern Florida?

Answer: The best choices for for drought tolerance are those plants which are native to your gardening region. Among those, the following are reliable low water use plants: Cosmos sulphureus; Gomphrena globosa; Leonotis nepetifolia; Portulaca grandiflora; Zinnia elegans;Zinnia haageana; Mexican zinnia; Agave americana; Aloe saponaria; Aloe vera; Euphorbia tirucalli; Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi; Opuntia humifusa; Stapelia spp.; Tradescantia pallida; macaw palm; ponytail palm; blue hesper palm; jelly palm ; European fan palm; coconut palm; Bailey palm; Cuban Wax Palm ; Alstroemeria psittacina; Artemisia absinthium; Asclepias tuberosa; Aspidistra elatior; Baptisia alba; Catharanthus roseus; Coreopsis verticillata; Crinum asiaticum; Cuphea micropetala; Cycas revoluta; Datura inoxia var. quinquecuspida; Gaura lindheimeri; Heliopsis helianthoides; Lychnis coronaria; Manihot esculenta; Mirabilis jalapa; Monarda punctata; Narcissus spp.; Oenothera speciosa; Protasparagus densiflorus; Pteridium aquilinum ; Ruta graveolens; Salvia lyrata; Scaevola aemula; Solidago odora; Tagetes lemmonii; Tradescantia spathacea; Tulbaghia violacea; Yucca filamentosa; Zamia furfuracea; Zamia pumila. Hope this list is helpful!

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