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Wisconsin Native Flowering Plants and Grasses

Native plants are the foundation of a landscape that celebrates life by attracting and supporting birds, butterflies and pollinators in the garden. For healthy, thriving plants and the full ecological benefits that natives offer, choose plants that are best adapted to the growing conditions where they will be planted. The navigation list, at left, lets you easily sort by soil type. The native range maps included on each page will help you find plants that are indigenous to your region.

Preserve Wisconsin's Native HeritageThe use of native plants in the landscape is more than a trend. It is an awakening to the need to preserve our native flora in man-made landscapes. Why? First and foremost, our native plants are beautiful. They offer all of the color and aesthetic interest we could need, and they rival any introduced landscape plant. They are also functional, having evolved over time to prosper in our environment, and they can fill almost any landscape need. Using Wisconsin’s native plants also connects us to our state’s natural heritage, and creates landscapes that are uniquely Wisconsin; rather than another traditional landscape that could be anywhere

Integrate Native Plants in Your LandscapeNative plants can be used in your landscape in many ways. You may want to include native plants as an addition to a more traditional landscape. A specific portion of your property could be converted to a native garden. Or you may decide that you want all of your land planted exclusively with natives. Whatever you decide, the use of native plants will fulfill your needs and provide you with an appealing landscape, a sustainable environment, and the satisfaction that you are helping to preserve our natural resources.

Native Plants are Hardier Than Non-nativesNative plants are locally adapted; they are hardy to our climate and at home in our soils. When the right plants are selected for your site conditions they are programmed to thrive, and, once established, will provide many years of beauty with reduced maintenance compared to traditional landscapes. However, even native plants are not maintenance free. It is important to provide new plantings with proper care to ensure establishment. Initial watering, mulching, and fertilization are important and native plants will respond just as other landscape plants do.

Trees That Attract Bees for Pollination TREES THAT ATTRACT BEES

Consider the incredible quantity of nectar produced by a tree in bloom. Now consider the compounded effect of many trees blooming in strategic sequence throughout the growing season. Trees can provide excellent food for honey bees and many other pollinators.

Wisconsin Native Plant Nurseries WI NATIVE PLANT NURSERIES

The Natural Heritage Conservation Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources compiled a list of Wisconsin Native Plant Nurseries that was updated in March of this year. They also provide a listing of companies that sell plants native to the Midwest, but not specifically from Wisconsin or the surrounding area. Many of these companies also sell non-native species. In addition, they also provide nurseries that may collect from the wild, and where known, this is indicated.