Description - Native shrub, 4 foot average height, leaves linear to almost needle form with rolled under edges. Yellow 5 petal flowers with many stamens, flower petals forming a pinwheel shape. Blooms year-round.
Four-petal St. Johns Wort - Hypericum tetrapetalum
Family - Clusiaceae
Habitat - Wet Pinelands
Description - Native. Evergreen
shrub to 3 feet tall, with narrow growth form. Leaves are opposite, ovate, clasping, heart-shaped at base.
Flower - Yellow, four petals, 3 cm. across with numerous stamens.
Florida Boxwood - Schaefferia frutescens
Family - Celastraceae
This Florida native grows as a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub to 20 feet. The bark is light brown and smooth, becoming gray and furrowed with age. Leaves are elliptical to obovate, alternate, 2 -3 inches long and are light green in color. Flowers are small, light yellowish green in color and are produced in clusters at the leaf axils.
Endangered within the state of Florida, this tree is also is found throughout parts of the Caribbean and South America.
Button Sage - Lantana involucrata
Family - Verbenaceae
This native Lantana is primarily found growing near
the coast at the margins of Hammocks, behind the
dune line and in the Pine Rocklands habitat of extreme S. Florida.
Leaves are pale green, opposite, simple, oval with
slightly crenate or toothed margins, covered with
small hairs, rough to the touch, less than 1 1/2
inches in length. Leaves have a sage like smell when
crushed. Plant is 7 feet or less in height with an
open habit of growth and thin stems.
Flowers are produced year-round in clusters and are
white, often with a lavender or or pale bluish tint.
Fruit is a small purple drupe. Button sage is a
nectar plant for many Butterflies.
Pineland Croton - Croton linearis
Family - Euphorbiaceae
Limited to the southern most part of Florida and the
Florida Keys, Pineland Croton is a clump forming, many stemmed, sprawling shrub.
Growing to about 6 feet tall, Pineland Croton is found primarily in Pine Rockland habitat, it has also been found in Palm beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
Habit of growth is as a thin stemmed sprawling shrub. Leaves are alternate, simple with entire margins, linear, dark green above and silvery on the bottom, 3-4 inches long. Flowers are small, white and are produced year-round on racemes.
Pineland Strongbark - Bourreria cassinifolia
Family - Boraginaceae
Rare native shrub, also known as Strongback. Found in Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in Pine rockland habitat, grows to 10 feet or less in height, usually with many stems.
Leaves are alternate, variable, elliptical to ovate with entire margins. Flowers are white, tubular with five petals followed by orange fruit.