Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Native Plant Database

Pick the right native plant for the right place.

This searchable database of 300+ plants native to the lower Midwest includes trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, sedges, rushes, and wildflowers suitable for landscaping as well as species for creating wildlife habitat, stabilizing streams, and for other ecological purposes. Most plants in the database are available from Grow Native! professional members who sell plants. A few species in the database are not readily available for sale, such as common violets found in yards, but are included here because of widespread interest.

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Check out the Grow Native! Committee’s Top Ten picks of native plants for particular purposes.

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Picked out your plants? View our Resource Guide of garden centers, seed sources, landscapers, education resources, and more!

Plant Type
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Animal Resistance
Wildlife Benefit
Nature Attracting
Native Environment

Learn about the Native Environment(s) of the plants in this database.

     

    False aloe by Carol Davit
    Manfreda virginica
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Coral bells, alum root by Mervin Wallace
    Heuchera richardsonii
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Centaurea americana
    Annuals
    Tilia americana
    Trees
    Diarrhena obovata
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Callicarpa americana
    Shrubs
    Celastrus scandens
    Vines
    Corylus americana
    Shrubs
    Ilex opaca
    Trees
    Carpinus caroliniana
    Trees
    Polygonum americanum
    Shrubs
    American Lotus plants with large green leaves and yellowish white flowers
    Nelumbo lutea
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Cotinus obovatus
    Trees
    Styrax americanus
    Shrubs
    Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Peltandra virginica
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Arrowhead or duck potato by Mervin Wallace
    Sagittaria latifolia
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Viburnum dentatum
    Shrubs
    Taxodium distichum
    Trees
    Barbara's buttons plant with pink flowers that look like pincushions
    Marshallia caespitosa
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Waldsteinia fragarioides by Mervin Wallace
    Waldsteinia fragarioides
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Monarda bradburiana
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Carex bicknellii
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Andropogon gerardii
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Bird's-foot Violet plant with purplse flowers and green foliage
    Viola pedata
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Prunus serotina
    Trees
    Aronia melanocarpa
    Shrubs
    Actaea racemosa
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Nyssa sylvatica
    Trees
    Viburnum prunifolium
    Shrubs
    Quercus velutina
    Trees
    Rubus occidentalis
    Shrubs
    Black walnut tree with green leaves in the landscape.
    Juglans nigra
    Trees
    Rudbeckia hirta
    Annuals
    Staphylea trifolia
    Shrubs
    Sanguinaria canadensis
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Baptisia australis
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Bouteloua gracilis
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Lobelia siphilitica
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Salvia azurea
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Blue-green grasslike leaves of Blue Wood Sedge plant
    Carex flaccosperma
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Eupatorium perfoliatum
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Gentiana andrewsii
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Bottlebrush blazing star by Mervin Wallace
    Liatris mucronata
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Box elder tree in a landscape.
    Acer negundo
    Trees
    Brown Fox Sedge by Scott Woodbury
    Carex vulpinoidea
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
    Quercus macrocarpa
    Trees
    Bidens aristosa
    Annuals
    Callirhoe bushii by Mervin Wallace
    Callirhoe bushii
    Herbaceous Perennials
    Carex bushii
    Grasses / Sedges / Rushes