Maple Street Natives
Phone: 321-223-6147 Location: 7619 Henry Ave, West Melbourne FL 32904

Beachside Gardens

The beachside plant community is important to the life and survival of many different species of wildlife. The beach dune feeds many shorebirds and marine life. The dune area is a feeding ground for animals, reptiles, crabs and Gopher Tortoise. Most important the dune area is nesting ground for sea turtles. In summer they lay eggs in nests that they dig in the sand, which makes the importance of plants such as Sea Oats, Beach Elder, Saw Palmetto, Sea Grape, and Sea Purslane which catch the sand and create the dune.

Why struggle in your landscaping efforts with exotic plants ill-suited to an easy, breezy, low-maintenance beach lifestyle? Enjoy your landscape and the native wildlife it can support by planting natives that have thrived for thousands of years on our coast, without the assistance of fertilizers, sprinkler systems, and soil amendments.

Not all species can take the direct harshness of the ocean breeze, but many of the plants on the list below can be used for dune planting. Sea Oats, Beach Bean, R.R Vine, Beach Elder, Salt Marsh Grass, Beach Panicum, Saw Palmetto, Sea Grape, and others will help with Beach Erosion.

Common Name

Scientific Name

Beach Elder Iva imbricata
Beauty Berry Callicarpa americana
Blazing Star Liatris tenufolia
Blue Curl Trichostema dichotomum
Cassia Cassia ligustrina or chapmanii
Chapman Oak Quecus chapmanii
Christmas Berry Lycium carolinianum
Cocoplum Chrysobalanus icaco"Horizontal"
Coontie Zamia pumila
Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea
Coral Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens
Corky Stem Passion Fl. Passiflora suberosa
Dahoon Holly Ilex cassine
Dune Sunflower Helianthus debilis
Eastern Gama Grass Tripsacum dactyloides
Fiddlewood Citharexylum fruticosum
Firebush Hamelia patens
Florida Privet Foresteria segregata
Gaillardia Gaillardia puchella
Golden Creeper Ernodea littoralis
Gopher Apple Licania michauxii
Horsemint Monarda punctata
Ironweed Vernonia gigantia
Lantana L.involucrata
Live Oak Quercus virginiana
Lovegrass Eragrotis spectabilis
Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
Myrtle Oak Quercus myrtifolia
Necklace Pod Sophora tomentosa
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata
Railroad Vine Ipomoea pes-caprae
Red Bay Persea borbonia
Red Mulberry Morus rubra
Red Sage Salvia coccinea
Peperomia Peperomia humilis
Rouge Plant Rivina humilis
South Florida Slash Pine Pinus elliotti var. densa
Sabal or Cabbage Palm Sabal palmetto
Salt Meadow Cordgrass Spartina patens
Saltwater False Willow Baccharis angustifolia
Sand Cordgrass Spartina bakeri
Sand Live Oak Quercus geminata
Saw Pametto Serenoa repens
Sea Grape Coccoloba uvifera
Sea Oats Uniola paniculata
Sea ox-eye daisy Borrichia frutescens
Sea Purslane Sesuvium portulacastrum
Seaside Gentian Eustoma exaltatum
Seaside Heliotrope Heliopropium angiospermum
Simpsons Stopper Mycianthes fragrans
Spanish Stopper Eugenia foetida
Snowberry Chiococca alba
Standing Cypress Ipomopsis rubra
Sunshine Mimosa Mimosa strigillosa
Tough Bumelia Bumelia tenax
Varnish Leaf Dodonaea viscosa
Verbena Verbena maritima
Walters Viburnum Viburnum obovatum
Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera
White Stopper Eugenia axillaris
Wild Coffee Psychotria nervosa
Wild Lime Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Petunia Ruellia caroliniensis
Wild Plumbago Plumbago scandens
Winged Sumac Rhus copallina
Yellowtop Flaveria linearis
Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria



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