Florida Plants – Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto Plant

Saw Palmetto Plant

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

The saw Palmetto plant is one of the most widely seen and popular plants in Florida and in the Southeastern U.S. It is found in sandy coastal areas, pine woods and inland areas in Florida It is a hardy plant, grows well in a full sun environment and is salt tolerant. It has sharp edges on its leaves where it gets it’s name from and can cut a person it they aren’t careful when handling the plant or walking through a dense thicket of these plants. They grow mostly low to the ground but can grow as tall as six feet. The Saw Palmetto is popular with gardeners and landscape companies because of their attractive appearance near homes, buildings and landscapes. This plant has a reputation for providing some herbal remedies for relieving prostate problems in men but their effectiveness has not been substantiated by the Food and Drug Administration. This hasn’t stopped many companies from capitalizing on this plant’s reputation for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The Saw palmetto was named the plant of the year in 2000 and the plant of the decade by the Florida Nursery, Grounds & Landscape Assoc. It has also been named one of the 50 most important plants in the Ethnobotanical history of Florida by the Institute of Food & Agricultural Studies at the Univ. of Florida.  The Univ. of Florida Gardening Solutions website also has some good information about the Saw Palmetto.

 

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