Native Habitats forum→Where is there a list of native plants, versus the non-natives?

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Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
Jun 14, 2019 9:48 AM CST
And what are the merits of planting only natives? I tend to feel that they can both be used if they are not overly invasive, The more, the merrier!
Name: Amy
Capon Bridge, WV (Zone 6b)
Region: West Virginia Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs
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starbookworm
Jul 2, 2019 1:14 PM CST
My favorite is https://gobotany.nativeplanttr...

For your specific area there is https://www.extension.iastate.... and https://store.extension.iastat.... Not sure which you have exactly, but there are plenty of plants to choose from there.

Native plants obviously support the natural surrounding wildlife better. That is their food source. Changing their food source wreaks havoc with their health. That doesn't mean, however, that you cannot consider naturalized plants. Many flowers have been in "show" gardens long enough now that the wildlife have adapted to them as a food source. Just don't plant anything that will leave your yard, like locusts, bamboo, tree of heaven, berries, vines, etc.
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Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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Sallymander
Jul 11, 2019 5:28 PM CST
Native refers to your own area. What is native to Oregon, may or not be native to IA. Call your local extension agency to learn more.
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Princesse
Sep 6, 2019 10:13 AM CST
I used the Audubon society for the native plants data for your area and it was great tool! You simply enter your zip code and you get your list:)
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Sep 6, 2019 10:18 AM CST
Other resources are your local county government and/or native plant society. In addition to lists, some offer native landscape plans, which I find quite useful.
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Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Georgia Birds Butterflies Bee Lover
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mmolyson
Nov 29, 2019 7:42 AM CST
It can be confusing when you first dip your toes into the "native" waters. The first thing to do is take an inventory of the plants you already have. As a member of this site, you may have done this already. There are two websites that you can use to check to see if they are natives or invasives and just "how bad" they are. The first will only have them if they are native: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
https://www.wildflower.org/
This site will tell you lots of info and have links to other data. It is sometimes a little difficult to use, if you don't type the plant name exactly the way it is in their data base it will not pop up. The other site will tell you how invasive a plant might be: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health https://www.invasive.org/
This is the most comprehensive website on invasive species. It included maps and publications. It is good to explore the whole website.
After all that if you are still willing to go for it, I suggest going to the North Carolina State University website: Going Native https://projects.ncsu.edu/goin...
for a downloadable step by step guide.
Welcome to the wildlife side!!! Welcome!
Moggs
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Name: Jen
The Dry Side of Oregon (Zone 6b)
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SassyBluejay
Nov 28, 2020 12:05 AM CST
These are helpful reminders, especially to visit with my extension office. I moved onto new native land so it's been really fun to walk around and see what is TRULY native here, vs. what I want to bring in from nurseries. Thank You!
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Fox Valley, North America (Zone 5a)
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CraftyFox
Feb 7, 2021 5:50 AM CST
I favor wildflowersearch.org now for my first stop in field ID or species range related things. The database pulls from numerous sources of data, some I think were already mentioned here. Not only do they provide a range map which highlights the native and non-native range of the plant in the States.. It also gives pictures and links to the sources the data was generated from, some of which have detailed information related to habit, uses, and community. My only real issue so far is sometimes I have to clear the location to actually match up an identification of a non-native species that has moved into an area. You can manipulate and play with the way the data is pulled in so many ways.. Seems like it only gets better.
https://wildflowersearch.org/
You either serve the whole, or you serve the hole.. The difference can be subtle if you don't pay attention.
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SassyBloomer
Feb 7, 2021 11:58 AM CST
You can use the "native plant finder" on the National wildlife federation web site.

All you do is enter your zip code, and plants conducive to YOUR region will populate:

https://www.nwf.org/NativePlan...
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purpleinopp
Apr 9, 2021 8:34 AM CST
As gardening terms, "native" and "invasive" are mutually exclusive. A native can not invade its' own habitat. Every plant is native to somewhere. But natives can be too big or otherwise exuberant to be suitable for various situations and in various locations within native range.
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