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Jun 14, 2019 9:48 AM CST
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Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
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!
Jul 2, 2019 1:14 PM CST
Name: Amy
Athens, OH (Zone 6b)
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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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Jul 11, 2019 5:28 PM CST
Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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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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:)
Sep 6, 2019 10:18 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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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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Nov 29, 2019 7:42 AM CST
Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
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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
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
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
for a downloadable step by step guide.
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Nov 28, 2020 12:05 AM CST
Name: Jen
The Dry Side of Oregon (Zone 6b)
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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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Feb 7, 2021 5:50 AM CST
Fox Valley, North America (Zone 5a)
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I favor 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.
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Feb 7, 2021 11:58 AM CST
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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:
Apr 9, 2021 8:34 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL @--`--,----- ๐ŸŒน (Zone 8b)
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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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