Native Plant Nurseries

I didn't realize Go Gardening could get within 25 miles of where we garden-

And Plant Scout can find the exact plant you want-

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west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Here is a few of my favorites to add to your "sticky":

This one is in Texas but they are also native to other states too:

California located but Western USA native bulbs:

Seeds for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana:

Sorry I made a mistake about the name of this one on the other thread--northern mid-west plains states seeds:

Let me get out my journals--I know I have some for southeastern states too.

Wow--that California site is great--I could literally spend the evening on that site--great stuff and info!

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Las Cruces, NM

Many native plant societies have lists of nurseries that sell native plants... for instance, here's Arizona's:

And New Mexico's:

Patrick Alexander

dmj, would you please look up the native range of the plants being offered by So that I can add them under the appropriate western state?

I know the native range of the plants Prairie Moon offers so I'm ok there.

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

OK--They have alot of stuff at Telos Rare Bulbs---Might take me a minute or two. ;) Debbie

Most of them seem to be indicating California and Oregon--will keep looking in Flora and Fauna of North America Site.

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west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Here's one from West Virginia (can't personally vouch for them--but they do have trilliums):


west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Don't know how I managed to forget Niche Gardens but they have natives too that cover many states--located in North Carolina:

I have gotten stuff from them in past years, not this year though.

You may not be able to vouch for them but I can vouch for them. I've ordered from them before and they have fantastic plants. I ordered Aplectrum hyemale and Panax quinquefolium from them and I was thrilled. Mind you, these are bareroots and people aren't often comfortable with that. Good find dmj!

oh oh oh! I can vouch for Niche Gardens. I forgot what I ordered from them though.

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west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

You might want to enter that in the GardenWatchdog--they have no entries and it helps them to grow. =)

Gotta support the native growers--many people just aren't interested in growing native plants--I personally can't understand why....

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Pine Ridge Gardens in Arkansas has natives as well as non-natives:

Are we having fun yet? =)

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

I am. Glad to see something good happening. hart posted this link a while back in the Mid-Atlantic forum

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Great Link--I'm looking at that Northern Marlboro County place now!

Yep, many states there--I also don't know how I forgot about Plants Delight in North Carolina--they have natives from Texas and Florida that I know of--probably other states too.

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I just ran into something I have never run into before... I guess I don't edit much but I just received a prompt that stated I had reached my per day edit limit and couldn't edit any more posts. Tomorrow I will go back in and add the other goodies being provided.

I remember what I bought at Niche gardens... Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'. Neat plant.

One other little thing would be nice though when adding these nurseries if at all possible... Please try to make sure if they sell species other than natives that the indigenous species are either clearly marked as being indigenous or vice versa. It's too hard for people who aren't familiar with the Latin names to pick through and look up every plant. Most go to a native plant nursery to try to avoid having to think or put much effort into their plant selecitons. It would also be nice to exclude any nursery that is selling a plant formally listed as an exotic invasive only because some people are getting really upset about getting sold those types of plants from sites they believed were "safe".

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)


west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Another great site Claypa!

You can just add them as allowed Equilibrium.

Some sites are good about putting the country of origin...Plants Delight, and a few other nameless sites, for instance--others simply indicate "native" but not to what parts of the country--many good sites for buying natives also sell other non-natives for economic reasons (unfortunately--native plant lovers are not in the majority).

And then there's that "grey" area of native in one area invasive or a pest in other areas. I never could understand how a native plant could really be considered an invasive species--I've always felt it was just well suited to its environment--but that's just my opinion. As long as its not an exotic species.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

There is a small one in Appleton, but they don't have a website I guess - Native Solutions.
Another WI is:

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Well thank you Al for chiming in here!

Stone Silo is great claypa! Hey Al, the limit on the number of edits must be per 24 hour period of time because I still can't edit the original post. Prairie Nursery is an excellent addition and I want to add Bluestone Perennials myself. I will get them added as soon as I can.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I have not ordered from these people, but do peruse their catalog

Great one Al, I'm going to have to make a mental note you found that as we're looking at buying property in Tennessee in the Cumberland Plateau area this coming spring.

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Very good one Al--I see they have a lot of coneflowers at good prices--a fact I'm sure caught your attention. ;)

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Lauren - actually Mr. Bigcity is going to Knoxville for Thanksgiving.

Deb - if I didn't have all then already I surely would consider them. I'm not sure how I got on their mailing list - they must have bought it, but it is good for learing latin names since the catolog is arranged by them and not common names.

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Well Al, they have good prices for me to let them "fry" in August...

Mid-Hudson Valley, NY(Zone 5b)

Here's one for the Hudson Valley area of NY.

Great additions everyone! I have edited the post to reflect all that you shared. If you have purchased from any of these nurseries, please add your comments to the Garden Watchdog.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Here's a list of native/wildflower plant vendors by state/province:

and here's a list of native/wildflower seed vendors, also by state/province:

You can re-sort either of those by rating or alphabetically - just click on the column headings.

If there are other mailorder vendors that should be added, please let us know, or submit them yourself (there's a link, within the colored bar of links to "add a company".)

Your comments (hopefully you've had some good experiences, but even if they're not all positive, then constructive) will help others know who to patronize, and who to avoid. And that can help all these companies do a better job, and keep the good companies in business - for many of them, "word of mouth" is their only source of advertising.

If you know any of these have closed, moved, merged, changed names, etc., please use the "contact us" link to let us know - keeping the Watchdog updated is a pretty big task, so any help we get is greatly appreciated!

Bessemer City, NC(Zone 7b)

Woodlanders Nursery in Aiken, SC.

I haven't shopped them, but have heard only good things about them and their selection.


Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

Minnesota Although I have no objection listing this under IL and WI as they are serviced by this company too, Praire Moon is in Minnesota, and not in either of those states. (Could you list it under Minnesota too?)

I guess we're only doing mail order nurseries, but these are really good in MN: not mail order not mail order

Prairie Moon has genotype from Northern Illinois as well as from Wisconsin. I always forget they are physically located in Minnesota. I place at least one order with them every year. They are wonderful.

I don't think it so much matters if a nursery is mail order or not but more so that the nursery is either 100% native plants or that the vast majority of their inventory is indigenous and non invasive. Avoids a lot of confusion when ordering if one can go to a link and know that pretty darn every plant being offered is going to be native or if it isn't native, the plant will be identified as being non-native. Most of the nurseries above clearly indicate which plants are native and which are not if they are offering both. There are a few nurseries above that are offering a small percentage of non-native plants that are not identified as being non-native. For the nurseries above that are not offering 100% native species or offering non-natives that aren't clearly identified as being non-indigenous, I'll try go back at some point in time and place *** in front of the link to their website. This way, anyone using the list will know to stick the plant binomial into a search engine before they order as there are quite a few people who prefer to order exclusively native who aren't all that familiar with Latin names. For the most part, I made an attempt to look closely at the inventories offered at every nursery suggested and already "weeded" out one or two nurseries that had inventories listing formally identified noxious weeds or invasive species for sale.

Other than that, if you have suggested a nursery and it isn't listed in the Garden Watchdog, please please please take a moment to add it. If you have purchased from the nursery before, also please take a moment to share your personal experiences with the nursery. I read those comments before I order from a nursery that I haven't ordered from before, you all probably read those comments when ordering from a nursery you haven't ordered from before, and most of us probably ended up HERE registered as a subscriber at DG because we found this site as a direct result of reading comments at the Garden Watchdog or at the PlantFiles. After more native plant nurseries are listed above, I will go back and add any nursery listed here that was overlooked in being added to the Garden Watchdog.

Bessemer City, NC(Zone 7b)

Great work, Equilibrium. You're making a valuable resource and deserve a big gold star for your tireless efforts!

[Big round of applause]

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

A couple pointers:

a) If this list contains non-mailorder companies, that's perfectly fine for this forum. But we don't include walk-in nurseries and garden centers in the Watchdog - there are just too many of them for us to successfully maintain a directory of them all.

b) PlantScout is a great way to find a source of a specific plant, either by its "latin" (aka scientific or binomial name) or a common name. There are some good native plant mailorder sources that have signed up for PlantScout, so I hope you'll look for them there and patronize them as you look for sources for certain plants on your must-have list ;o)

Egads, we don't include walk in nurseries at the Garden Watchdog? I learn something new everyday. I am pretty sure I added at least one that was walk in only. I promise I will go back through what I added and look at every single nursery I added and make sure it offers mail order. Gosh Terry, really sorry about that in advance but I will correct any I added by accident asap.

The PlantScout is a great way to find a source, it's a little bit too great though ;) Every time a list of nurseries offering a plant pops up, I feel like an addict at a corner looking for a fix and I exercise absolutely no control clicking on the nurseries that have the plant available. I have spent way too much money because of that feature. It just pops up with lists of nurseries selling a plant right in front of my face and how can a gal ignore a plant calling out to me to buy it that I wanted anyway? All joking aside, it's a great feature because I sometimes struggle finding a plant I want to buy online that I simply don't want to live without. It additionally gives me exposure to venders I wouldn't have known to consider patronizing. Same deal with the Bookworm. One stop gardening at its finest.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

We try to throughly "vet" each new GWD submission before we put it in general circulation. If a non-mailorder vendor slipped through, please let us know ;o)

Plantscout is picking up a lot of traffic, but it's still kind of a "sleeper" in many gardening circles, so we do what we can to get the word out about it. It's definitely cut down on our "where can I buy this plant?" questions at the helpdesk, which is part of what spurred us to create it.

Hmm, PlantScout is picking up a lot of traffic??? Imagine that. I know exactly why, it's a great time saving resource. I bet those venders are also picking up other impulse buyers like me who were out there poking around who may or may not have been committed to purchasing a particular plant but ended up placing an order as a direct result of the convenience factor. I know I've certainly done that a few times already. I can't help myself. See plant, see nursery selling plant, buy plant. It's all too simple of a process. Glad we have it.

And the tab at the top of our forums for Plantaholics Anonymous next to the Glossary tab gets added when?

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Chuckle. I think if we created "PA" it would be the proverbial case of the blind leading the blind.

I'm a plantaholic ;o)

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Hi,Terry, keep coming back, it works!

Bureau County, IL(Zone 5a)

Love Prairie Moon and Prairie Nursery for mail order. For walk in, I love Possibility Place and The Natural Garden. PP is my all time favorite. Service, help, all are wonderful. I can't wait for spring so I can go back and pick their brains some more.

Hi, I'm Lauren and I'm a plantaholic.
I know I am powerless to stop buying plants.
I have no desire to stop buying plants so onward ho with our list.

Thomasville, GA(Zone 8a)

There is a Native Nursery, called that, in Tallahassee Fla. I don't know there email and I don't know how to put it in this forum---even if I knew what it was. Tell me how and I will find the email. THanks

I think I might have it above. If it is the one I have listed above, it' a really great nursery selling 100% native. Could the nursery you might be thinking of be Native Nurseries of Tallahassee, Inc.? Would you please check this link and see it this is it-
If it isn't, we'll search further together to get it on the list.

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