Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

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Why Going Native Is Good For Nature And You!

Use Michigan Native Plants To:

  • Support entire communities of life by providing food and shelter for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and all wildlife. A native plant is a bird feeder you don’t have to fill.
  • Preserve the natural diversity in the landscape.
  • Create wildlife corridors by connecting one native planting to the next.
  • Thrive in local soil types and weather conditions.
  • Reduce runoff and erosion by efficiently soaking up rain water with their deep roots.
  • Minimize or eliminate the need for irrigation after establishment.
  • Provide natural mosquito repellent. Dragonflies and other invertebrate predators will flock to your yard in search of a meal.
  • Offer natural resistance to many diseases and pests.
  • Provide a dynamic show year-round due to the variety of their flowers, shapes, colors, and textures.
  • Reduce the size of your lawn. Stop mowing and relax.

What Are Michigan Native Plants?

Herbarium University of Michigan
This is a searchable and browsable site about basic information on all vascular plants known to occur outside of cultivation in Michigan.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory
There is a wealth of plant inventory information and data at this web site!
Vegetation circa 1800 map:
Michigan’s Natural Plant Communities:

Books On Native Plants

Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan, By: Lynn M. Steiner
Great book with list of plants for different planting conditions.

Bringing Nature Home – How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, By: Douglas W. Tallamy
Professor Tallamy’s book is changing how native plants are viewed. A must read!

Michigan Forest Communities, By: Donald I. Dickmann
Detail description of different forest communities in Michigan.

Where To Purchase Michigan Native Plants

Misty Ridge
Jody and Paul Zemsta
6171 N. 11 Mile Road Mesick, MI 49668
ph: (231) 885-2290
Facebook: @Misty Ridge Greenhouse

Four Season Nursery
Brian Zimmerman
7557 E. Harry’s Road Traverse City, MI 49684
ph: (231) 932-7400

Greystone Gardens
Tom Brodhagen
9875 Manning Road Honor, MI 49640
Just south of Empire (231) 326-5855
Facebook: Greystone Gardens

The Native Plant Nursery
Greg Vaclavek
P.O. Box 7841 Ann Arbor, MI 48107
ph: (734) 677-3260

Bill Schneider
900 N. Every Rd. Mason, MI 48854
ph: (517) 244-1140

Designs By Nature
Vern Stephens
9874 Chadwick Laingsburg, MI 48848
ph: (517) 651-6502

Prairie Moon Nursery
32115 Prairie Lane Winona, MN 55987
ph: (866) 417-8156 or (507) 452-1362

Prairie Nursery, Inc.
P.O. Box 306 Westfield, WI 53964
ph: 800-476-9453

Michigan Native Plant Producers Association:
For a full list of native plant growers see:

Web Sites

Plant It Wild (
Michigan Wildflower Association (
Benzie Conservation District (
Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) & Go Beyond Beauty (
Grand Traverse Conservation District (
Manistee Conservation District (
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (
Saving Birds Thru Habitat (
Rain Gardens of West Michigan (
USDA Plants Data Base (
Wisconsin Vascular Plants (
Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (
Pollinator Partnership (
Pollinators by Heather Holm (
Xerces Society (
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (