Sandra B. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Horticulture
Department of Environmental Horticulture

picture of Professor Sandy Wilson

Invasive ornamentals, Native propagation

Contact Information:

Department of Environmental Horticulture
108 Mehrhof Hall, PO Box 110675 Gainesville, Florida 32611-0675
Phone: (352) 273-4576 | Cell: (772) 834-7619
Fax: 392-1413

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50% Teaching, 50% Research


Ph.D., 1996, Plant Physiology, Clemson University
M.S., 1993, Horticulture, University of Delaware
B.S., 1989, Animal Science University of Delaware


Dr. Sandra Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Wilson completed postdoctoral studies at both Clemson University and Chiba University, Japan.

Dr. Wilson teaches courses on Florida Native Landscaping, Plant Propagation, and Annual and Perennial Gardening. She has been recognized nationally for her scholarship in teaching and development of interactive online materials on plant propagation, plant family classification and greenhouse education. This includes honors such as the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Fellow Award in 2005, the University of Florida (UF) CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Career Award in 2009, the UF Roche Professorship in 2011, and the ASHS Fellow Award in 2015.

Dr. Wilson's research focuses on (1) propagation and evaluation of native plants and (2) characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants in Florida. Her training and expertise encompass numerous aspects of plant production including techniques to overcome seed dormancy, evaluation of containerized media, optimizing plant growth under varying environmental conditions, and trialing of new plants in the landscape.

Throughout her career, Dr. Wilson has formally advised 34 graduate students. She takes a hands- on approach to their course scheduling, research advising, teaching involvement, publishing, grant writing, and career placement. Her teaching and research programs have generated some $1.76 million dollars in extramural grant funding and authorship of more than 140 refereed publications and proceedings. Recently, she has become the newest co-author of the 9th edition world standard textbook, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices.

For full CV, click here (pdf)

Selected Publications:
  • Deng, Z., S.B. Wilson, X. Ying and D.M. Czarnecki II. 2017. Infertile Lantana camara cultivars 'UF-1011-2' and 'UF-1013A-2A. HortScience 52:652-657.
  • Fetouh, M.I., A. Kareem, G.W. Knox, S.B. Wilson and Z. Deng. 2016. Induction, identification, and characterization of tetraploids in Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum). HortScience. 51:1371-1377.
  • Smith, A.M., C. Reinhardt Adams, C. Wiese, and S.B. Wilson. 2016. Re-vegetation with native species does not control the invasive Ruellia simplex in a floodplain forest in Florida, USA. Applied Vegetation Science. 19:20-30.
  • Smith, A.M., S.B. Wilson, C. Reinhardt Adams, and C. Wiese. 2015. Germination of native species: Efforts to guide revegetation in a Mexican petunia-invaded floodplain in Florida, USA. Ecological Restoration. 33:237-241.
  • Smith, A.M., C. Reinhardt Adams, C. Wiese, and S.B. Wilson. 2015. Suppression of the ornamental invasive Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex) by native species in a greenhouse study. Ecological Restoration. 33(2) 207-214.
  • Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, Z. Deng, K.L. Nolan, and J. Aldrich. 2014. Landscape performance and fruiting of nice heavenly bamboo selections grown in northern and southern Florida. HortScience. 49:706-713.
  • Irani, T., S.B. Wilson, D. Slough, and M. Rieger. 2014. Graduate student experiences on and off Campus: Social connectedness and perceived isolation. J. Distance Education. 27(2), online.
  • Smith, A.M., S.B. Wilson, M. Thetford, K.L. Nolan, and C. Adams. 2014. Performance of nine Florida native wildflower species grown in varying container substrates. Native Plants Journal. 15:75-86.
  • Freyre, R. and S.B. Wilson. 2014. Ruellia simplex R10-105-Q54 ('Mayan Pink'). HortScience. 49:499-502.
  • Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, K.L. Nolan, and J. Aldrich. 2014. Landscape performance and fruiting of 12 privet selections grown in northern and southern Florida. HortTechnology. 24:148-155.
  • Wilson, S.B. and A.L. Flory. 2012. FloraGator: A novel, interactive and online multiple entry key for identifying plant families. HortTechnology. 22:410-412.
  • Freyre, R., A. Moseley, S.B. Wilson, and G.W. Knox. 2012. Fruitless Ruellia simplex R10-102 ('Mayan Purple') and R10-108 ('Mayan White'). HortScience. 47:1808-1814.
  • Freyre, R., A. Moseley, S.B. Wilson, and G.W. Knox. 2012. Breeding and evaluating for landscape performance and fruitlessness in Mexican Petunia (Ruellia, Acanthaceae). HortScience. 47:1245-1251.
  • Czarnecki,D.M., S.B. Wilson, G.W. Knox, R. Freyre, and Z. Deng. 2012. UF-T3 and UF-T4: Two sterile Lantana camara cultivars. HortScience. 47:132-137.
  • Thetford, M., A.H. O'Donoughue, S.B. Wilson and H.E. Pérez. 2012. Softwood cutting propagation of three Polygonella wildflower species native to Florida. J. Prop. Ornamental Plants. 12(1)58-62.
  • Campbell, K.R., S.B. Wilson, P.C. Wilson, and Z. He. 2011. Interactive online tools for teaching plant identification. HortTechnology 21:504-508.
  • Heather, A.E, H.E. Pérez, and S.B. Wilson. 2010. Non-deep physiological dormancy in seeds of two Polygonella species with horticultural potential. HortScience. 45:1854-1858.