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South Dade Senior High School
Agriscience Class Project -- Summer 2001

Listed below are the plant species installed into the FYN Demonstration Garden at the South Dade Senior High School in Homestead. Click on the underlined links below to view photos and/or additional information for each species.


¨ indicates plants commonly available in nurseries and/or garden centers in south Florida
© indicates Florida native plants
 indicates plants that can tolerate wet soils or occasional flooding.

Common name
Scientific name



Salt tolerance



Dwarf lantana ©

Lantana depressa


Full sun to partial shade


Native low-growing perennial or groundcover, spreading to form a mat. Yellow to orange flowers. Also known as Lantana ovatifolia var. reclinata.

Blue porterweed ¨©

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis

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Full sun to partial shade


Native, small, shrubby perennial with somewhat weedy habit. Flowers highly attractive to butterflies—a ‘must’ for any butterfly garden.


Cocoplum ¨©

Chrysobalanus icaco


Full sun to partial shade


Native shrub with insignificant flowers, but new foliage quite attractive. Often used as hedge, but will thin if planted in too much shade.

Downy jasmine

Jasminum multiflorum


Full sun to partial shade


Evergreen, branching vine that can be trained as a shrub. Stems and leaves covered with downy pubescence, giving plant grayish-green appearance. Small, white, star-shaped flowers in clusters year-round.


Jatropha integerrima


Full sun to partial shade


Deeply-lobed leaves and showy display of small red flowers throughout the year.  Needs good drainage.

Palms & Cycads

Buccaneer palm ¨©

Pseudophoenix sargentii


Full sun


Slow-growing native palm. Grows naturally in sandy or limestone soils in areas that receive little rainfall. Gray trunk and prominent gray-green crownshaft, topped by sparse crown of silvery-blue-green leaves. Produces red, grape-sized fruit.

Florida coontie ¨©

Zamia floridana

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Full sun to shade


Florida’s only native cycad. Host for atala hairstreak butterfly. Comes in a variety of sizes. Narrow to wide leaflets. Separate male and female plants; both bear reddish-brown cones; male cone small, elongate; female cone larger and wider. Also known as Z. pumila, Z. integrifolia, Z. sylvatica, Z. umbrosa. Requires well-drained soil.

Ornamental Grasses

Mondo grass ¨

Ophiopogon japonicus

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Partial to full shade


Dark green to blackish, glossy leaves. Small, lavender flowers followed by iridescent, blue-black berries. Good border plant.

Fakahatchee grass ¨©

Tripsacum dactyloides


Full sun to partial shade


Large, native grass. Rich green foliage erupts from fountain-like clumps. Distinctive flowers rise above leaves on slender stems in midsummer. Easy to grow. Virtually free of pests. Prefers moist soil, but has good drought tolerance.

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