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FNGLA Announces the Florida Plants

of the Year Selections for 2006
by Press Relsease
November 13, 2005


FNGLA's Florida Plants of the Year Program is pleased to announce its selections for 2006:

Aspidistra 'Milky Way'/ Cast-Iron Plant
Bulbine frutescens/ Yellow African Bulbine
Calliandra emarginata/ Dwarf Powderpuff
Ocimum kilimandscharicum X basilicum purpurescens /African Blue Basil
Phalaenopsis Baldan's Kaleidoscope 'Golden Treasure'/ Phalaenopsis Kaleidoscope
Phoenix sylvestris/ Wild Indian Date Palm
Thrinax radiata/ Florida Thatch Palm
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' / Amethyst Falls Wisteria

Launched in 1998, FNGLA's Florida Plants of the Year program promotes the use of under-utilized, but proven, Florida plant material. Ornamentals are selected on an annual basis by a group of growers, horticulturists, retailers, landscape professionals, and University of Florida faculty. Both industry and consumer displays promote the program and plant selections throughout the year at various events from industry tradeshows to botanical garden events to consumer educational sessions ensuring selections are kept in the public eye year-round. Consumers can obtain Florida Plants of the Year and plant care details at virtually any independent garden center located within the state.

"Our intent is to educate consumers on the value of specific plants which tend to be under-utilized but are basically fantastic plants for Florida. With the program in its eighth year, there are many plants with a variety of characteristics for consumers to pick their favorites" said Chris Reese of Greenbriar Nurseries, Inc., Ocala, FL.

Consumers and industry alike can view all plants selected as Florida Plants of the year at FNGLA's consumer website, www.floridagardening.org.

FNGLA is the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association representing Florida's environmental horticulture industry, with an estimated $9.9 billion in industry-wide sales. For more information on FNGLA's Florida Plants of the Year, call FNGLA at 800.375.3642, send a fax to 407.295.1619 or send an email to jnelis@fngla.org.

Email: jnelis@fngla.org
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