The Plant Native

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The Plant Native

A beginner’s guide to native plants and gardening, your source for creating easy, gorgeous landscapes.

What is a native plant?

A native plant is a plant that has grown in an area for thousands of years. Native plants are built to thrive in their home area’s weather, temperature, and soil. All they need is rain to thrive. They are also the preferred food and habitat for the bugs, butterflies, birds, and animals in their home area. If native plants can plant themselves, we can easily plant them, too.

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Lawns vs. Native Gardens: What's Easier?

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Native Dogwoods: A Beginner’s Guide

12 beauties to pick from
A Southern Magnolia tree's evergreen leaves are shown with small white flowers in bloom.

Native Magnolias: A Beginner’s Guide

Meet all eight
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What are the best native plants for a rain garden?

April showers bring…rain gardens!
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Terrible names, beautiful native plants

Tickseed, anyone?
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Will native plants bring too many bugs to my yard?

No worries, with these tips
Heuchera 'Peach Flambé' by Acabashi

What is a cultivar?

And why does it matter?

Find native plants for your region

From the Northeast to the South, we’ve got you covered.

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Native Plant Library

100+ native plants and counting! View all or sort by region.

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Purple Muhly Grass

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Purple Prairie Clover

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Queen of the Prairie

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Rattlesnake Master

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Red Columbine

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Redbud

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Rose Mallow

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Serviceberry

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Smoke Tree

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Southern Catalpa

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Southern Magnolia

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Spicebush

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Spiderwort

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Stokes Aster

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Swamp Milkweed

A white Sweetbay Magnolia flower blooming, photographed growing on a branch of the Sweetbay Magnolia tree.

Sweetbay Magnolia

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Sweetshrub

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Texas Mountain Laurel

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Trout Lily

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Tulip Poplar

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Turk’s Cap Lily

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Turtlehead

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Virginia Sweetspire

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Winterberry