Native Plants Work

Grow Native! is the native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

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Just pick three plant species per season

2021 Webinars

Master classes and webinars continue through the summer

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Top Native Plants for Bees in Summer

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Web of Life

Oaks and other natives feed caterpillars. Caterpillars feed songbirds. 

Aster and carpenter bee by Ed Spevak, Compass plant by Erica Ballard, Black-eyed Susan by Carol Davit, grasses and goldenrod by Frank Oberle, Polyphemus by Linda Williams.

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Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes of the Lower Midwest—Missouri, southwestern Illinois, northern Arkansas, and eastern Kansas.

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Native Gardens of Excellence Showcase Outstanding Native Landscaping

Launched on the Grow Native! website on June 29, the Grow Native! Native Gardens of Excellence program features plantings of native plants in designed, well-maintained gardens and in other native landscape plantings in the lower Midwest. “The gardens and landscape...

Native Plant Container Gardening

By Mervin Wallace I began growing native perennials in containers for outdoor display about ten years ago, as various native plant colleagues of mine had suggested. At Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, we now have decorative pots, planted seven to eight years ago, which...

Protection & Restoration of MPF’s 400-acre Lordi Marker Prairie

An extraordinary $1 million lead gift from Susan Lordi Marker and her husband Dennis Marker, along with other generous gifts and financial backing from MPF, made this new MPF acquisition possible. Your gift of any amount—to be matched up to $25,000 from an additional gift from the Markers—will help us raise $50,000 in 2021 restricted to this project, which includes acquisition, restoration, and stewardship of this remarkable 400-acre property.

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