Native Plant Information

Garden Friendly Native Plants
When planning your home gardens, we recommend using native plants whenever possible. Here we have gathered a list of native species that you might consider. This list is divided into four parts based on type and habitat, including: Prairie Plants; Wetland Plants; Woodland Plants; and Shrubs, Trees and Vines.  

Prairie Plants

Shrubs, Trees and Vines

Wetland Plants

Woodland Plants

Plant Like The District
Many people ask "what does the District plant?" Our Plant Ecologists have worked hard to design custom seed mixes for different habitats and restoration projects. 

Dry Prairie Mix
Fen Mix
Marsh Mix
Mesic Prairie Mix
Savanna Mix
Sedge Meadow Mix
Wet Prairie Mix
Woodland Mix

Native Plant Sources
The following are nearby providers of native plants. This is not a comprehensive list, and some species may also be available at your local garden center. Some species, however, will be harder to find. Note that it is important when planting native plants to consider where the plant is coming from.

We recommend purchasing plants as locally as possible in order to find plants with a local genotype. Over time, plants of the same species but located in different areas will adapt and develop different genetic markers (genotypes). Ensuring you plant plants grown locally and possessing local genotypes will increase your chances of success.

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery
9814 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Natives Haven
13809 Durkee Road, Harvard, IL 60033

Natural Communities
812 North Washington Avenue
Batavia, IL 60510

The Natural Gardens, Inc.

38W443 Highway 64
St. Charles, IL 60175

Possibility Place Nursery
7548 W. Monee-Manhattan Road,
Monee, IL 60449

Prairie Moon Nursery
Route 3 Box 163
Winona, MN 55987

Prairie Nursery
P.O. Box 306
Westfield, WI 53964

Red Buffalo Nursery
5515 HIll Road,
Richmond, IL 60071

The Wildflower Preservation & Propagation Committee (WPPC) Plant Sale

Openlands Native Tree & Plant Sale
Friends of Volo Bog Plant Sale
Citizens for Conservation Plant Sale
Chicago Living Corridors Plant Sale List

Other Resources
Illinois Wildflowers 
Prairie Moon Nursery's Cultural Guide
The Wildflower Preservation & Propagation Committee (WPPC)
Illinois Master Gardeners
Flora of the Chicago Region