Native Plant


What is a native plant, again?

Native plants are generally considered to be those which occurred in a region prior to European settlement. Native plants evolved in relationships within communities, not just as individual species. Those communities consist of other plants, the soil, insects and other wildlife, etc. The USDA P.L.A.N.T.S. database is a valuable resource for determining whether a plant is native to a given area and can be searched by common or scientific name here:
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Native Plant Identification

Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants
Very helpful resource for early season identification of natives. From Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

More Native Plants!

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Big-Leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)

Blue Sage (Salvia azurea)

Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

Dutchmans Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)

Hairy Wood Mint (Blephilia hirsuta)

Heart-Leaf Alexander (Zizia aptera)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

‘Jacob Cline’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Large Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Late Figwort (Scrophularia marilandica)

Maryland Senna (Senna marilandica)

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)

Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)

Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa)

Shrubby St. John’s Wort (Hypericum prolificum)

Spider Milkweed (Asclepias viridis)

Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)

Spring Beauty (Claytonia viginica)

Sullivant’s Milkweed (Asclepias sulivantii)

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus)

Tall Larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum)

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)

White False Indigo (Baptisia alba)

Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Yellow False Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)

Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)