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the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

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FNPS Mourns the Loss of Denny Girard

Posted September 13, 2018

Our FNPS family is deeply sadened by the loss of another one of our longtime members.  Denny Girard was a wonderful human being who loved Florida and its amazing natural landscapes.  He was very active in his local chapter and in the Society.   There will be a celebration of his…

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FNPS mourns the loss of Jack Stites

Posted August 17, 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Stites after a long battle with cancer.  His love and dedication to the conservation and restoration of natural Florida inspired us all and we will carry this inspiration and his teachings with us always.  Jack worked diligently to the…

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Martin County Chapter has New Website

Posted August 08, 2018

Our Martin County chapter has a new website.  It is a mobile friendly site developed in GetSimple.  We congratulate them on a job well done.  http://martincounty.fnpschapters.org

Trouble in Paradise

Posted August 17, 2018

With leadership from the late Nathaniel Pryor Reed, 1000 Friends of Florida, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Springs Council, Florida Springs Institute, Florida Wildlife Corridor, Florida Wildlife Federation and League of Women Voters of…

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Latest from the Blog

Who Doesn't Love a Cocoplum?

Who Doesn't Love a Cocoplum?
By Ellen Broderick

Photo by Ellen Broderick

Easy to grow here in Martin County with dark purply-blue plums, occasionally white, or unusually pink. Wildlife hide and feast among the offerings of Chrysobalanus icaco. In the planned landscape cocoplum's full leafy branches work well as screens, or they can be shaped within garden islands, and even survive buzz-cuts in parking lots. Naturally they grow in South Florida swamps, moist forests, coastal beaches and thickets. Post hurricane their naked branches re-bud and grow new leaves without much fuss. 

If you've been around for a while you might know us as the "Cocoplum Chapter." The name was always Martin County but somewhere along the way we picked up the Cocoplum tag. For clarity and with a nod to the Martin County difference we've reclaimed our true name. But it's no big deal if you want to keep calling us cocoplums. They are, after all, very sweet in so many ways.

Photo by Linda Eastman

Photo by Linda Eastman

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