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Plant Native!

Congratulations, you’re ready to go native! Below are some resources to get you planning and sourcing plants, converting turf to prairie and providing critical benefits to pollinators. Planting natives is an easy way to be a part of the solution. Here are the quick links to the information on this page:

Why plant native?

Plant Lists

You're ready to plant native! Now, what should you plant? Below we've listed a few of our favorite native plant species that are easy to grow and tolerate a wide variety of light and water levels. 

Shrubs & Trees

  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier arboria)

  • Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

  • Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

  • Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

  • Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

  • White oak (Quercus alba)

  • American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)


  • Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

  • Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

  • Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Forbs (Flowers)

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium )

  • Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

  • Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

  • Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

  • Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

  • Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

  • Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

  • New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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