Our Native Plants

Focused on the beauty, research, and
restoration of plants that are closest to home.

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This website is dedicated to the Native Plants of North America (currently listing Canada, all US states, and Mexico). We are a new website, launched July 2024. While our taxonomy lists are fairly complete, we are working daily to update images and content. Reach out to us through the About page to send us pictures or an organization/business directory listing.

Common name: Vine Maple
Family: Sapindaceae
Common name: Kinnikinnick
Family: Ericaceae
Common name: Watershield
Family: Cabombaceae
Common name: Pacific dogwood
Family: Cornaceae
Common name: sticky purple geranium
Family: Geraniaceae
Common name: sagebrush buttercup
Family: Ranunculaceae

What are Native Plants?

Native plants have evolved and occur naturally in a specific region or habitat, and include all species from the Kingdom Plantae which includes mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and vascular plants like ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.

View Genera

There are about 2,600 genera listed for North America. Here are a few of our favorites!

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Cyperaceae

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Ericaceae

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Cornaceae

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Rosaceae

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Fagaceae

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Family: Crassulaceae

Why study botany and plants?

Studying botany and native plants can be rewarding because it helps us understand how plants keep our ecosystems running smoothly and create a sense of place unique to a certain area. You can learn about anything from plant growth and reproduction to how plants adapt certain features adapt to an environment. Focusing on native plants helps us learn about our unique flora that supports local wildlife and helps maintain soil and water health.

You may learn that a certain plant can be put in the garden and needs very little care over the years. You may want to provide food and shelter for wildlife in your area and learn about how plants can be part of large conservation efforts. You may find that some native plants are prettier to draw or photograph than the plants you’ve found at a floral shop or a big-box nursery. You may like to explore and join a plant society hike to view new plants. You may even make some new friends through it!

View Families

It may be close to impossible to learn thousands of species and their differences. It’s often recommended to start with learning about the main families and their characteristics. There are about 430 families in North America – these are our favorites!

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Common name: Aster Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

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Common name: Wood Fern Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

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Common name: Bunchflower Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

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Common name: Pine Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

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Common name: Grass Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

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Common name: Buttercup Family

Phylum: Tracheophyta (vascular plants)

Looking back in history

Looking at illustrations from before the 1930s (or so) is valuable for many reasons. These beautiful illustrations serve as important historical records of plant species, some of which have changed names or become extinct over time. The attention to detail in the drawings provides insights into plant morphology, complementing modern scientific descriptions.

Additionally, early 20th-century botanical art reflects the era’s scientific knowledge, including when fungi were still classified as plants! Studying them inspires a deeper appreciation for the science and art of botany, connecting us to the historical journey of plant discovery and documentation.

View Public Domain Artwork

We love looking through the old diagrams of botanical illustrations, but sometimes they can be hard to find. If we’ve found them, we’ll post them here!  All the items are either in the Public Domain (because of age) or they’ve been voluntarily added.

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Accepted name: Pinus strobus

Common name: Eastern white pine

Artist Name: F. Schuyler Mathews

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Accepted name: Iva frutescens

Common name: bigleaf sumpweed

Artist Name: F. Schuyler Mathews

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Accepted name: Baccharis salicina

Common name: Great Plains false willow, Emory's baccharis

Artist Name: F. Schuyler Mathews

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Accepted name: Baccharis halimifolia

Common name: Eastern baccharis

Artist Name: F. Schuyler Mathews

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Accepted name: Baccharis glomeruliflora

Common name: silverling

Artist Name: F. Schuyler Mathews

Find Organizations

Herbariums

These facilities collect and study plants near you. Use this facility for their resources, a place to research, or volunteer your time.

Conservation Groups

Find conservation efforts in your area. Learn about land trusts, land restoration, or find a group to volunteer or work with.

Native Plant Societies

Plant societies provide a ton of free resources and events for your area. They are usually focused on research, conservation, and education.

Plant Clubs & Training

Not ever group fits into a plant society. Explore other plant groups and not-for-profit training and certifications near you.

Find Business & Service Providers

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Nursery, Sells seeds

Pacific Northwest, Eastern WA, and serving most of the US

cosmos

Nursery

San Luis Potosí, Durango, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, y Zacatecas

ypsilanti

Nursery

Washtenaw County, MI

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Nursery

Coeur d'Alene, ID

alplains

Sells seeds

Kiowa, CO

From the Blog

Animal habitats

Enhancing Bird Habitats with Native Plants: A Guide to Using Audubon’s Plant Database

Birdwatching and gardening are activities that beautifully overlap when we talk about creating bird-friendly gardens. As the interest in supporting local bird populations grows, gardeners often face the challenge of selecting the right plants. The Audubon Society’s Native Plants Database emerges as a beacon, guiding enthusiasts to make informed, ecologically responsible choices for their gardens based on their zip code.

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Animal habitats

Garden Guardians: How Native Plants Support Pollinators

Native plants are not merely components of natural beauty; they are vital allies in supporting our native pollinators. Our gardens can become sanctuaries for these essential creatures, buzzing with life and activity, thanks to the thoughtful integration of region-specific flora. This article will focus on Eastern Washington species, but the concepts can expand to other habitats. The Plight of Pollinators

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