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The sandhills of Hernando County are showy in fall in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus) help paint the scene.

It's natural to love Hernando County

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society shares information with citizens who are interested in learning about Florida's native plants, their ecosystems, and all aspects of biological diversity.

Together, we learn how landscaping with native plants has a minimal affect on the environment. By using native plants, chemicals are eliminated, maintenance is reduced, water is conserved, and habitat is provided for wildlife.

Plant enthusiasts become acquainted with plant species that make their home in Hernando, and the types of conditions they prefer. Whether you best appreciate these plants in the natural landscape or the home landscape, we know you'll enjoy the Society.


About our Speaker: Colleen has a B.S. in Environmental Botany from USF and is employed as a Withlacoochee State Forest Biological Scientist II with the Florida Forest Service. Colleen works with threatened and endangered plants Lead Role for Cultural Resource Management and Karst Resource Management.

Monday, June 6, 2022, 6:30 PM
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
IN PERSON! UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

The Withlacoochee Forest Rare Plants

Presenter: Colleen Werner, Florida Forestry Services

Florida is rich with biodiversity, and here on the Brooksville Ridge we are gifted with plant populations that occur almost nowhere else. Our presenter, Colleen Werner, will provide an update on the rarest of the rare and what is being done to monitor and protect them. Along with the endemic Cooley's waterwillow (Justicia cooleyi) and Brooksville bellflower (Campanula robinsiae), local orchids and ferns will be highlighted.  

About our Speaker
Colleen W
erner has a B.S. in Environmental Botany from USF and is employed as a Biological Scientist II with the Florida Forest Service. Colleen works with threatened and endangered plants, and has a lead role for cultural resource management and karst resource management for the Withlacoochee State Forest system.

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Our meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. At each meeting we discuss native plants and native plant ecosystems. Subjects range from hummingbird gardening to black bear habitat.

Each meeting has delicious snacks, and friendly company, native plants on display, and an information table. Please join us for a meeting.

Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Field Trip: Rosebud Continuum

Sponsored by the Hernando Chapter, FNPS
Leader, Craig Huegel, Author and Educator
Rosebud Continuum Sustainability Education Center
22843 Hale Rd, Land O Lakes, FL 34639 (map)

Since 2016 Craig Huegel has been involved with design of the native plant landscapes at the Rosebud Continuum in Land O'Lakes. The Rosebud Continuum began as the dream of Sonny and Maryann Bishop who wished to transform their 20-acre lakefront property into an education center dedicated to sustainable practices.

When purchased the property was a defunct orange grove overrun with invasive exotic plant species – the owners were inspired to eliminate these and replace them with a living landscape of native plants.

Join us as Craig walks us through the native plantings and the efforts that have been necessary to return this property to a more natural state.

We'll meet up at 9:30 AM at the Rosebud Continuum Center in Land O Lakes to explore how native plants have been restored to the landscape to demonstrate another aspect of sustainable living.

Join us in the field

We also offer guided field trips to help celebration the natural beauty that is Hernando County. We hope you'll decide to join in!

Embrace the Mission


Hernando County is home to a wide variety of natural areas from coastal scrub to the sandhills of the Brooksville Ridge to the cypress swamps of the Withlacoochee. Our fieldtrips explore the diversity of our landscapes and their habitats.


Through research and advocacy the Society seeks to ensure that natural landscapes are set aside to protect native plants and their habitats. Join us as we speak out for native plants and the wildlife that depends on them.


Returning Florida's native plants to the human landscape is a critical action for increasing biodiversity and protecting pollinators and other wildlife. Our planting projects help point the way.

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are among the favorite species featured at the Spring native plant sale.