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Finding Native Plant Nurseries: “Plant Native.org” and Other Helpful Resources

Over the past decade, it has gotten easier to find native plants, but it can still feel like finding the Holy Grail. Native nurseries have grown in numbers, but are not as common as native enthusiasts would like.

A great resource for finding native nurseries is the Plant Native.org website. For years, Plant Native has been one of the only resources to provide a nationwide database of native nurseries. They utilize helpful codes that identify each nursery as: Retail, Wholesale, Mail Order, Sells Seed, Contract Growing, Catalog and Online Catalog. They also indicate the percentage of native plants that each nursery sells, as many are not exclusively native.

Another useful site for finding native nurseries is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.   You can search suppliers by zip code, city and state, or by name, if you happen to have found one already. In most cases, this database also provides the percentage of native plants that a given nursery sells. In addition to nurseries, you can also find local seed companies.

A regional listing of native plant nurseries in the Eastern U.S. is provided by the U.S. Forest Service. A special thank you to Don Dagnan from the Service, for compiling this huge 22 page list.

There are a number of lists available that are state-specific. These are often provided by native plant societies and environmental organizations. Below, there are links to these resources where available. In the absence of a state list, the link will take you to the appropriate page on the Plant Native website – you may have to scroll down.  Thank you to the many organizations that have taken the time to do this research!

Happy Hunting from Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!

National Lists

Plant Native

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Supplier List

Regional Lists

U. S. Forest Service Eastern Resource List for Native Plants

Choose Natives.org

Flatbush Gardener

State-Specific Lists

Alabama http://www.aces.edu/pubs/pubstemplate.php?content=http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1359/ASY_regional_plant_nurseries.html
Alaska:  http://www.plantnative.org/nd_altoar.htm
Arizona: http://www.aznps.com/sources.php
Arkansas: http://anps.org/resources/plant-sources/
California:  http://www.cnps.org/cnps/grownative/nurseries.php
http://www.native-again-landscape.com/plant-nurseries.html

Colorado: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_cotohi.htm
Connecticut: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_cotohi.htm
Delaware: http://www.mtcubacenter.org/images/PDFs-and-SWFs/Nursery_Sources_10-2013.pdf
Florida: http://plantrealflorida.org/professionals/
Georgia: https://www.gnps.org/resources/Native_Nurseries.php
Hawaii: http://www.nativehawaiiangarden.org/where-can-i-buy-these-plants
Idaho: http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edcomm/pdf/BUL/BUL0862.pdf
http://forestry.usu.edu/htm/rural-forests/native-plant-nurseries

Illinois: http://grandprairiefriends.org/nurseries.php
Indiana: http://www.inpaws.org/landscaping/sources-of-indiana-native-plants/
Iowa: http://grandprairiefriends.org/nurseriesIA.php
Kansas: http://www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org/plant_seed_sources.php
Kentucky: http://knps.org/native%20plant%20resources.html
Louisiana: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_kytomt.htm
Maine: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_kytomt.htm
Maryland: http://www.mdflora.org/publications/nurseries.html
Massachusetts: http://www.grownativemass.org/resources/nurseries
Michigan: http://mnppa.org/members.html
http://www.wildflowersmich.org/index.php?menu=9
Minnesota: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/suppliers.html 
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/ndpmcmt8152.pdf
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/gardens/native_plant/suppliers_northwest.pdf

Mississippi: http://www.mississippinativeplantsociety.org/native-plant-resources.html
Missouri: http://grandprairiefriends.org/nurseriesMO.php
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/Portals/0/Shaw%20Nature%20Reserve/PDFs/horticulture/Nursery%20Source%20List.pdf
Montana:  http://plantnative.org/nd_kytomt.htm
http://forestry.usu.edu/htm/rural-forests/native-plant-nurseries
Nebraska: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm
Nevada: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm
New Hampshire: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm
New Jersey: http://www.npsnj.org/pages/nativeplants_Sources.html
New Mexico: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm
New York: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm#ny
http://bnriverkeeper.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Native-Plants-Purchasing-List.pdf
Flatbush Gardener
North Carolina: http://ncbg.unc.edu/recommended-sources-of-native-plants/
http://www.ncwildflower.org/native_plants/nurseries
North Dakota:
http://www.plantnative.org/nd_netook.htm
Ohio: http://www.wildones.org/chapters/columbus/CentralOhioNativeSuppliesConsultantContacts.pdf
http://www.governorsresidence.ohio.gov/garden/NativePlantNurseries.pdf
Oklahoma: http://www.oknativeplants.org/planting.html#SEED_SOURCES
Oregon: http://www.npsoregon.org/landscaping5.php
Pennsylvania: http://iconservepa.org/plantsmart/nativeplants/buynatives/index.htm
Rhode Island: http://findnativeplants.com/new-england/rhode-island-native-plants/
South Carolina: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_patova.htm
South Dakota: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_patova.htm#sd
Tennessee: http://tennesseevalley.wildones.org/resources/where-to-buy-native-plants/
Texas: http://npsot.org/wp/resources/finding-natives/
Utah: http://www.unps.org/index.html?PAGES/cohortlist.html
http://forestry.usu.edu/htm/rural-forests/native-plant-nurseries
Vermont: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/wetlands/docs/wl_nativeplants.pdf
Virginia: http://vnps.org/conservation/plant-nurseries/
Washington: http://www.wnps.org/landscaping/nurserylist.html
West Virginia: http://www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/NativeVegetation.shtm
http://www.wvnps.org/links.html
Wisconsin: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/er/er0698.pdf
http://goodoak.com/info/PlantSourcesWI.pdf
Wyoming: http://www.plantnative.org/nd_wvtowy.htm#wy

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