En EspaŅol

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
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
11 ratings

Monday - February 28, 2011

From: Panama City Beach, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Need resource to learn about plants to grow in Panama City, FL.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

Please provide me with a resource to go to and learn what I can plant and will thrive in Panama City Beach area (sand). I enjoy color and flowering plants as well as a variety of greenery. I am moving to the area. Thanks.

ANSWER:

Let me introduce you to our Recommended Species Page.  Click on the link to get to the page, and then click on North Florida on the map. This will bring up a list of 250 commercially available native species suitable for planned landscapes in North Florida. Clicking on the name of each plant will bring up its Native Plant Database page that has a description of the plant's characteristics, distribution, and growing conditions.

By utilizing the "Narrow Your Search" box, you can specify the appearance of the plants you want (herb, shrub, or trees), whether it is an annual or perennial, its light and soil moisture requirements, etc. This will give you a shorter list in most cases. By making different choices in each of the boxes, you can generate several lists of plants to consider.

This link to the Florida Native Plant Society provides lists of plants by county. Other resources for growing natives in Florida includes the Florida Wildflower Foundation website. Using these sites in conjunction with our Native Plant Database should make you a plant expert in no time.

It may be useful to know about the climate in Panama City, and that it is in hardiness zone 8a.

 

 

 

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Location of Texas wild olive (Cordia boissieri) for sale
October 29, 2008 - Do you know where to purchase Cordia boissieri A. DC.? I recently lost a tree during Hurricane Ike (I live in Houston, Texas)and have prepared the old area for a new tree. I've been researching the ...
view the full question and answer

Grasses for a prairie in southeast Texas
September 30, 2013 - We have a small place (about 100 acres) in Colorado County, Texas, on the Colorado River north of the town of Weimar. We are gradually clearing (bulldozing) the woods of cedars. One particular spot ...
view the full question and answer

Sources of native herbaceous plants for Massachusetts
April 04, 2006 - Hi, I am looking for sources of native herbaceous plants, ideally in plug form, and wondered if you had a list you could send me. Thanks.
view the full question and answer

Locating supply for Clematis drummondii in Arizona
April 19, 2006 - I am trying to locate Clematis drummondii for my desert garden in Scottsdale, Arizona. Any help would be appreciated.
view the full question and answer

Native alternatives for non-natives
December 07, 2007 - Is there a way to search this website using an invasive plant species to get a list of native plant alternatives? ie. search Miscanthus sinensis (Chinese Silvergrass) and get the native alternative Sa...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center