Sources of Propagated Native Plants & Seeds

With the recent resurgence in popularity of perennial plants and coincident "local living" movement, native plants have also crept into the consciousness of the gardening world. Many natives have a place in the garden due to their water thriftiness and attractiveness to native birds and butterflies. Because so many natives are rare or endangered, finding sources of responsibly propagated native plants and seeds can be challenging; however, native plant societies in each state offer extensive lists of sources for native plant material.

Nasami Farm

The nursery site for the New England Wild Flower Society, Nasami Farm is open to the public each spring and fall and sells many hard-to-find natives of the northeastern United States. Plant material is propagated and grown on site and includes over 500 species of flowering perennials, trees, vines, shrubs and ferns. The farm is located in western Massachusetts just off Interstate 91. Nasami Farm 128 North Street South Deerfield, MA 01373-1008 (413) 665-6709

Ernst Conservation Seeds

With two locations in Florida and Pennsylvania, Ernst Seeds' mission was driven by the need and desire to provide native, naturalized plants along the highways and interstates of the eastern United States. Ernst grows and collects its materials from its own 4,500-acre facility and specializes in native plants from the eastern half of the country from Canada to Florida. Ernst Conservation Seeds 9006 Mercer Pike Meadville, PA 16335 (800) 873-3321

Native American Seed

Based in the Texas plains country near the town of Junction, Native American Seed was founded in 1989 by Bill and Jan Neiman with the intent of offering only Great Plains plant seed. Most seed on the farm is mechanically harvested and dried before sale. The nursery offers native grasses, wildflowers, bare-root plants, lawn grass mixes, books and equipment for sale. Native American Seed 3791 U.S. 377 Junction, TX 76849-6502 (800) 728-4043

Prairie Moon Nursery

Founded in 1982 by a group of individuals interested in propagating North American Plains native plant species by seed and by division, Prairie Moon Nursery continues to offer plants suitable for prairie, savannah and woodland settings. In addition to propagating and collecting seed at the nursery, Prairie Moon also uses a network of more than 70 small-scale plant growers to supply plant material and seed. Prairie Moon Nursery 32115 Prairie Lane Winona, MN 55987 (866) 417-8156

Bosky Dell Natives

Specializing in species native to the Pacific Northwest, Bosky Dell Natives offers more than 300 plant species for sale. The nursery's retail location offers seeds and plant material for wildflowers, bulbs, ferns, shrubs, trees and grasses. This nursery partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Service to landscape the department's Vancouver office with local native species. Bosky Dell Natives 23321 SW Bosky Dell Lane West Linn, OR 97068 (503) 638-5945

Methow Natives

Founded in 1999, Methow Natives specializes in natives of the valley of the same name. The nursery's retail operation offers more than 130 plant species native to north and central Washington State, including wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs. Methow also offers bulk and smaller order seed mixes of wildflowers and native grasses, which are especially well suited for erosion control and large-scale meadow plantings. Methow Natives 19 Aspen Lane Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 341-4060

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Specializing in desert natives, this Arizona-based nursery offers more than 450 species of dry-climate trees, shrubs, grasses, perennial wildflowers, groundcovers, vines and accent plants. Plants are selected especially for drought resistance and landscape value. While the wholesale nursery is based in Glendale, Mountain States sources plants to a variety of retail nurseries in Utah, California, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Mountain States Wholesale Nursery 10020 West Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ 85307 (800) 840-8509

California Flora Nursery

Based just north of San Francisco, California Flora Nursery specializes in native plants that are particularly well suited to drought conditions as well as being selected for wildlife interest and beauty. The nursery offers perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs and trees, though all business is conducted on site; California Flora does not ship plants. California Flora Nursery 2990 Somers St. Fulton, CA 95439 (707) 528-8813

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Michelle Z. Donahue lives in Washington, D.C., and has worked there as a journalist since 2001, when she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English. She first covered politics as a reporter for the weekly Fairfax Times newspaper, then for the daily newswire Canadian Economic Press, where she reported from the U.S. Treasury. Donahue is currently a freelance writer.