The geography of Everglades National Park places it at the confluence of temperate North America and the tropical Caribbean. Consequently, the flora of the region hosts representatives of both climes.
The optimal growing conditions prevalent on the south Florida peninsula foster a lush growth of plant life that sustains a diverse complex of flora. The Everglades serve as important habitat for a number of endemic and legally protected species that grow here.
Non-native plants are one of the greatest threats to the natural ecosystems of the United States and are destroying America's natural history and identity. This includes the Everglades. Learn more about invasive, non-native plants in the park, and how they are managed through the South Florida Natural Resource Center's Invasive Plant Program.
Did You Know?
The “high and dry” tree islands of the Everglades are called tropical hardwood hammocks. The park marks a significant edge of the northern limits of many subtropical plants and the southern limits of many temperate plants. This provides quite a unique and beautiful landscape.