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Getting Started

The first step in starting your native plant garden is to find out which plants are native to your area. Use the Native Plant Finder to get a list of recommended native gardening plants for your state. Our lists contain only plants that are native to the state and that are (or have been) available in the nursery trade.

The next step is to find a nursery that sells native plants. Contact your state or local native plant society, nearby nature centers or environmental organizations, or the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Encourage nurseries near you to carry natives, and let them know which species you would like to see. Don't buy plants that are native to a different part of the United States, as they can become invasive pests in your area.

Never dig up native plants from the wild, and don't buy from any nursery that does not guarantee that its stock is not wild-collected. Make sure that the nursery you choose sells nursery-propagated native plants — not nursery-grown, which sometimes means wild-collected plants that have been grown in the nursery for a period. A number of our native orchids, trilliums, cacti, and other plants are threatened or endangered species because of plant sellers and collectors taking them from the wild. Some of these delicate species almost never survive when dug up and replanted.

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Related on the web:
  • LBJ Wildflower Center: Find native plant societies, nurseries, and more.
  • Wild Ones: Learn more about native plants in natural landscapes, preserving and restoring native communities, and more.