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Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum')
Giant Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum')

More commonly referred to as Farfugium (the plant's genus name), the giant leopard plant is a non-invasive, non-native, Asian plant species.  This plant boasts large, shiny green leaves and in late summer through fall, yellow daisy-like flowers on its tall-branched flower stems. This plant does well in shaded areas and provides excellent ground cover and habitat for reptiles and amphibians.

Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia)
Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia)

Florida leucothoe is native to the southeast coastal plain.  It thrives in full shade environments and can provide important understory vegetation in those areas.  Visit our Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden in Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina to see live specimens of this plant and others that provide optimal habitat for our Island's native wildlife species.

African Iris (Moraea iridioides)
African Iris (Moraea iridioides)

This plant provides a pop of color to evergreen areas; they bloom throughout the spring and summer.  African irises do pretty well in the shade but also do well in edges where they receive a mix of sun and shade.

Autumn Fern (Pryopteris erythrosora)
Autumn Fern (Pryopteris erythrosora)

The autumn fern is a non-native, evergreen. It can be found in various landscapes throughout Kiawah Island.  When planted in mass, autumn ferns provide good ground cover.  Mass plantings of this fern can provide a natural edge or vertical transition zone between a forest buffer and your yard, enhancing your yard's habitat value for native wildlife.  Dense ground cover, like this, is especially important for reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Autumn ferns thrive in shade, but can take a little sun as well. 

Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
Yaupon Holly

Yaupon holly is a native plant on Kiawah Island. It can be found in both natural areas and in developed landscaping. The tree provides great cover for wildlife and its fruit is an important source of food for songbirds. Yaupon holly can be grown in a variety of forms from tree to hedge. Dwarf varieties are also available. 

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