Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
2 ratings

Friday - June 05, 2009

From: Fort Myers, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Water Gardens, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Native plants for a littoral zone in Fort Myers, Florida
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, What native plants would you recommend for the littoral zone on a pond in Fort Myers Florida? Damon's Mom

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants feels very honored to be answering a question for Damon's Mom! 

There are a wealth of Florida natives that should work well around your pond.  Some of them will grow equally as well in shallow water and in the moist soil around the edge of the pond. All of them should be able to withstand at least a brief immersion. All of these recommended plants are known to grow in Lee County or an adjacent county of Florida.

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit), sun or shade

Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), sun and part shade

Crinum americanum (seven sisters), part shade

Habenaria repens (waterspider bog orchid) and more photos and information, sun and part shade

Helianthus angustifolius (swamp sunflower), part shade

Hibiscus grandiflorus (swamp rosemallow) and here are photos, part shade

Kosteletzkya virginica (Virginia saltmarsh mallow), sun

Iris hexagona (Dixie iris), sun, part shade

Lythrum alatum (winged lythrum), sun

Canna flaccida (bandanna of the Everglades) and here are photos and more information, sun

Rhexia mariana (Maryland meadowbeauty), part shade

Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail), part shade and shade

Hydrocotyle umbellata (manyflower marshpennywort), sun, part shade and shade

Lilium catesbaei (pine lily), part shade

Marsilea macropoda (bigfoot waterclover), sun, part shade, shade

Sagittaria latifolia (broadleaf arrowhead), sun and part shade

FERNS

Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern), sun, part shade and shade

Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis (royal fern), part shade and shade

GRASS/GRASS-LIKE

Eleocharis montevidensis (sand spikerush), sun

Rhynchospora colorata (starrush whitetop), sun and part shade

Juncus effusus (common rush) and here are photos and more information, sun

SHRUBS

Cephalanthus occidentalis (common buttonbush), part shade and shade

Ilex glabra (inkberry), part shade

Morella cerifera (wax myrtle), sun and part shade

Here are a few photos of the plants in the list above:


Arisaema triphyllum

Asclepias incarnata

Crinum americanum

Kosteletzkya virginica

Iris hexagona

Rhexia mariana

Saururus cernuus

Sagittaria latifolia

Osmunda cinnamomea

Eleocharis montevidensis

Rhynchospora colorata

Cephalanthus occidentalis

 

 


 

 

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Plant that can move from outside to inside for Denton, TX
December 14, 2008 - I am looking for a plant that is either native to Texas or is well acclimated to the Denton TX area that can move from a covered outside area to an adjacent indoor area behind large glass walls, to a ...
view the full question and answer

Is Cerinthe major toxic to cats in Gresham, OR
March 14, 2013 - Hi, I was wondering about whether a specific plant was poisonous or not specifically to cats.. I've done a lot of searching and can't find anything on whether or not this plant is considered toxi...
view the full question and answer

Transplanting Indian Paintbrush in Corona CA
November 05, 2013 - I have a very mature Indian Paintbrush Plant that was becoming too large for the area I had originally planted it in, so I transplanted it to an area much more suited for its size. I reviewed the que...
view the full question and answer

Need plants for a slope in KY.
September 29, 2012 - I have a slope in my back yard that is mostly a slate shelf, grass and Weeds will grow but not well, very spotty. I am wanting a ground cover that blooms. Would like to not have to mow. This is a ve...
view the full question and answer

How to tell the difference between native and non-native thistles
March 13, 2013 - It's thistle time already. There are many plants in the aster family with thistle in their common name. Are "real" thistles only those in the genus Cirsium, or are there others as well? We are tryi...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.