Florida is uniquely varied in its climate and growing conditions, allowing for a huge variety of plants to thrive. But some of the plants that are common to our home landscapes are actually invasive species, many of which are now widespread in Florida’s natural areas. Removing these species from your landscape and replacing them with native alternatives can help prevent the spread of invasive species and will provide suitable food and cover for native wildlife.
There are many native plant alternatives to common invasive exotic landscape plants. The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) has a wonderful resource for South Florida, Explore your AlterNatives. For Central Florida, Lake County has produced Greener Choices, Alternatives to Invasive Exotic Plants. And the UF/IFAS Extension has created guides for North, Central and South Florida.
Here are just a few of the recommended alternatives commonly sold exotic invasive species: