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Native Plants Resource

by Maureen Sundberg

A few months ago, ELA posed the question “What’s your favorite source for native plants?” A lively discussion on LinkedIn generated a list of favorite sources for native plants throughout the country – from Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) in Arizona to cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) in Michigan to Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii) in central Texas.

Many contributors offered not only a favorite nursery or seed supplier, but additional advice as well.

“Always insist on plants that are nursery propagated. Plants that are dug from the wild just deplete native populations.

“Buy locally grown.”

“Check out Native Plant Societies for each state.”

Thanks to everyone who offered advice or the name of a nursery. While this is in no way a complete list, below you’ll find a selection of your choices. If you haven’t yet listed your favorite, you can still join the discussion:


Glendale, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery,

Tucson, Desert Survivors,


Elk Grove, Cornflower Farms,

Escondido and Santa Margarita, Las Pilitas,

Petaluma, North Coast Natives,

Richmond, Annie’s Annuals & Perennials,

San Francisco, Bay Natives Nursery,

San Juan Capistrano,Tree of Life,

Santa Barbara, San Marcos Growers,

Woodside, Yerba Buena Nursery,

California Native Plant Link Exchange,


Hamden, Broken Arrow Nursery,

Woodbury, Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery,


Hockessin, Mt. Cuba Center,


Homestead, Casey’s Corner, (305) 248-7284

Lutz, Hollies Farm & Garden Center,

Tampa, Treemart,

Other Florida resources:

For a list of native plant providers:

For a list of water-wise plants: St. Johns River Water Management District,


Leland, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery,

St. Charles, Midwest Groundcovers,


Harpers Ferry, The Ion Exchange, Native Wildflowers & Prairie Plant Nursery,


Biddeford, Pierson Nurseries,

Swanville, Fernwood Nursery & Gardens, (207) 589-4726

Waterville, Fedco,


Perry Hall, American Native Plants,

St. Michaels, Environmental Concern,


Amherst, New England Wetland Plants,

Carlisle, Blanchette Gardens,

Framingham, New England Wild Flower Society,

*Gill, Sudbury Nurseries West,

Housatonic, Project Native,

Sandwich, F.W. Schumacher Company (sells seeds),

South Dartmouth, Blisscapes Nursery,

Southampton, Tripple Brook Farms,

Wayland, Weir Meadow Nursery, (508) 358-4905

Whately, Nasami Farm,

Additional Resources: Grow Native Massachusetts (formerly Grow Native Cambridge),


Portland, Michigan Wildflower Farm,


Belton, Prairie and Wetland Center,

New Hampshire

*Deerfield, Van Berkum Nursery,

New Jersey

Bridgeton, New Moon Nursery,

Columbus, Pinelands Nursery,

New York

Canandaigua, White Oak Nursery,

Kerhonkson, Catskill Native Nursery,

Montauk, Fort Pond Native Plants,

Springwater, Amanda’s Garden,


Dayton, Native Habitat Nursery,


Landenberg, North Creek Nurseries,
Octoraro, Kirkwood,

Meadville, Ernst Conservation Seeds,

Orefield, Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery,

South Carolina

Aiken, Woodlanders,


Nashville, Nashville Natives Nursery,


Austin, Native Texas Nursery (wholesale),

Georgetown, Mcintires Nursery,

South Austin, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, recommends native plants by state,


Toano, Pinelands Nursery & Supply,


Waukesha, Prairie Frontier,

Westfield, American Natives,

Other Resources:

For a list of native nurseries in all 50 states:

*ELA member

About the Author

Maureen Sundberg edits the ELA newsletter from her home in Andover, MA where she also practices sustainable gardening.