Native Plant Resources


How to Choose Native Plants

Plant Finders to Get You Dreaming

Plants do best when matched with their conditions, so look first for plants suitable for your region. You can check whether a plant is native to your area by using the Digital Atlas of Virginia or the USDA Plants Database

Plant SWVA Natives: The best site for a list of plants native to Southwest Virginia and their growing conditions.  Copies of the printed Guide to Gardening with Southwest Virginia Native Plants are available at local libraries. You can download also download the Guide here

Other Plant Finders

Virginia Native Plant Finder: Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping: Searchable site by plant characteristic

National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder

Loudoun County ‘Super 9’ for Pollinators

Xerces Society Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Lists

Where to Buy Native Plants in Western Virginia

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Survey of Native Plants Sold by Local Roanoke Valley Nurseries

The Survey of Native Plants provides a snapshot of what Roanoke Valley local nurseries have been carrying. 

Be sure to ask them to order specific plants for you!

These Western Virginia nurseries specialize in native plants

For other native nurseries in Virginia, see the Native Plant Society Nursery List

Other Sources for Native Plants

Mail Order Sources

Numerous native plant nurseries sell through the internet. Check the reviews to order only from quality growers. If possible, buy from the seller closest to you: those plants will be better adapted to your climate. Here are a few of my favorite options to get you started.

Bagley Pond Perennials (Warner NH)

The Pollen Nation (Bridgetown NJ)

Plant More Natives (Richmond VA)

Prairie Moon Nursery (Winona MN)

Rare Roots Nursery (Mechanicsville, VA)

Native Plant Ecological Resources

Interested in learning more about the ecology of your region? Dive into these resources.

He who plants a garden plants happiness.

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