Florida Commissioner Nikki Fried Proclaims October "Florida Native Plant Month"
Florida Cabinet passes resolution recognizing October 2019 as Florida Native Plant Month
By: Florida Native Plant Society
"This is a significant step in our efforts to publicize the benefits of native Florida plants, trees and wildflowers,"
In Florida, sales of native plants accounted for $170 million of nursery sales in 2015 (15.5 percent of total nursery sales) and generated an expanded economic impact of $1.2 billion based on University of Florida survey data.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has designated more than 550 species of native plants as Endangered, Threatened, or Commercially Exploited, nearly 20 percent of all native plant species in Florida.
"Together, we can make a difference in conserving natural Florida by using native plants at home and in our public landscapes,"
Florida's State Forests and State Parks are ablaze with color in October. Many of these native plants can be purchased at local nurseries. Native plant nurseries can be located on the website of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries.
The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. The Society has more than 4400 members and 35 Chapters statewide. More information can be found at www.fnps.org.