Online Resources

Native Plants of North America at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

     Many resources, including the Native Plant Database (searchable by scientific name, common name, and     image).

North American Plant Atlas

     A mapping (to the county level) of native regions of plants in North America. 

iConservePA

     Developed by the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources, the site has information on PA natives, a plant database, garden templates, and more.

 

The Xerces Society

     Regional pollinator plant lists, as well as information for plantings in gardens, parks, schools, roadsides and more!

Pollinator Friendly Plants for the Northeast US

     List of recommended native plants from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Includes photos, site/soil conditions and value to beneficial insects.

Butterfly Larval Host Plant List

     List of native PA butterflies and their caterpillar host plants, compiled by York County Master Gardener Program

Reducing Stormwater

     Online resources from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, helping homeowners become more "riverwise".  Includes a detailed Yard Design Tool to help guide you through the process of designing a rain garden or conservation landscape.  Depending on your location, you may even be eligible for funding assistance!  You can go straight to a pdf of all bayscape templates, including a full plant list, here:  bayscape templates

Bird-Friendly Plants for Wetlands/Stormwater

     Recommended native trees, shrubs and perennials for wetlands, stream banks, riparian buffers and rain gardens.  Developed in cooperation with the PA Audubon Society, this downloadable pdf includes pictures, site requirements and benefits for wildlife.

Rain Gardens - The Basics - PA

     Introduction to rain gardens for home landscapes, developed by Penn State Extension.  Click here for a list of recommended native plants for PA rain gardens.  Check out this informational video highlighting the transformation of a problematic residential yard to a beautiful rain garden.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

     A non-profit organization focused on the preservation and appreciation of PA native plants, "serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship."  The website includes information for gardening with natives, such as links to cultural and habitat handouts and native plant informational snapshots.

Mt. Cuba Center

     A non-profit botanical garden that is also a center for horticultural research and education with a mission "to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them."  Many resources on the site, including a native plant finder. 

Plants for Birds

      Enter your zip code to find a list of native plants (and the types of birds attracted by each one), recommended for your area by the National Audubon Society.  Provides additional tips and resources for attracting birds to your yard.

Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

     Online booklet (pdf) provided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Specific to Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Chesapeake Bay Native Plant Center

     Specify your region, plant type(s), sun exposure, soil texture and soil moisture, and you will get a list of plants suitable to your needs.

Landscaping with Natives

     Information from the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Includes interactive plant selection tool and downloadable native plant publications.

Plant Finder

      A searchable database of 6800+ plants, developed by the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Includes native ranges

and invasive alerts.

Native Plants for the Small Yard

      The Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, PA created this wonderful resource with small native garden plans for home landscapes. Each plan includes plant lists for variations in light/moisture. Information about site preparation, invasive species to avoid/remove and much more helpful info is included. And you can download the full booklet for FREE at their website.

Native Plants of South Central PA

      A list of plants native to South Central PA (identifies specific counties - Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York). 

Native Plants of MD

      Online pdf booklet from UMD Extension, including recommended plants, plants by preferred condition/area, and more.

Landscaping with Native Plants (MD)

      Online pdf booklet (full color) from MD Native Plant Society.

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas

      Online pdf version of this 170 page handbook from the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Extensive information on numerous invasives, including identification pictures, ecological threat, prevention and control, and native alternatives.

PA Native Plant Society

      Become a member or just browse the resources and events. 

Planting for Pollinators Guides

      Enter your zip code for a detailed planting guide to help pollinators in your region.  Provided by the Pollinator Partnership.

Web Soil Survey

      Find specific soil data for your yard, including soil composition, natural drainage class, runoff class, depth to water table and more.  Instead of plant trial-and-error, match plants to your specific soil!

The Pennystone Project

      Key soil properties for all PA counties.  If you click on "How to find your soil", there are instructions for using the Web Soil Survey.

 

Find Your Ecoregion

       Some guides/resources specify plants by ecoregions.  Check out the US Level III Ecoregions map.  Get more precise information by viewing the Level IV map.  You will need to zoom in using your browser toolbar to read the numbering system.

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