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Native Plant Sale



Why Plant Native Species?

You can choose from a variety of native plants, shrubs and trees suited to almost any backyard. Native plants are beautiful, hardy, less expensive, easy to maintain, beneficial to the environment and thrive in Illinois gardens.

  • No need for fertilizers, pesticides, or water and lawn maintenance equipment
  • Native flowering species will provide an abundance of nectar and attract wildlife from butterflies and songbirds, to chipmunks and beneficial insects
  • For species information and photos, visit Illinois WildflowersPossibility Place Nursery, USDA Plants Database.
Available plant types, sizes and prices
Ferns, flowers and grasses Pint, $5 Quart, $7.50
Shrubs and vines 5-gallon, $25  
Trees 5-gallon, $30 15-gallon, $70

All sales are final. Limited quantities of plants are available; some substitutions of species or sizes may be necessary depending on greenhouse conditions. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted. This is a fundraiser. Proceeds from sale benefit our Nature Education programs. Thank you for your support!

For detailed information about the plants available at the Native Plant Sale, download the plant list.

Native Plant Sale Species List

Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Plant Type:

Common Name Scientific Name Plant Type Habitat
American Filbert Corylus americana Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
American Linden Tilia americana Trees Savanna (part sun/shade)
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum Shrubs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Big-leaved Aster Eurybia macrophylla Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bird's Foot Violet Viola pedata Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Black Walnut Juglans nigra Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadense Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana Trees Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Flag Iris Iris virginica shrevei Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bottlebrush buckeye Aesculus parviflora Shrubs Woodland (shade)
Bottlebrush Grass Elymus hystrix Grasses Savanna (part sun/shade)
Brown-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bur oak Quercus macrocarpa Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorum Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Canadian Anemone Anemone canadensis Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Celadine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum Forbs Woodland (shade)
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Ferns Woodland (shade)
Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Ferns Woodland (shade)
Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium albidum Forbs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Oak Sedge Carex pensylvanica Grasses Savanna (part sun/shade)
Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Cream Gentian Gentiana flavida Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Curly Styled Wood Sedge Carex rosea Grasses Savanna (part sun/shade)
Dwarf Honeysuckle Diervilla lonicera Shrubs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Early Meadow Rue Thalictrum dioicum Forbs Woodland (shade)
Early Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Early Wild Rose Rosa blanda Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Eastern Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elderberry Sambucus nigra var. canadensis Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elm-Leaved Goldenrod Solidago ulmifolia Forbs Woodland (shade)
False Aster Boltonia asteroides Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
False Solomon's Seal Maianthemum racemosa Forbs Woodland (shade)
Fire Pinks Silene virginica Forbs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Fox Sedge Carex vulpinoidea Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
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Rain Barrels and Compost Bins

Purchase a rain barrel and compost bin on Saturday at Parking Lot K near the Native Plant Sale. Quantities are limited. Sale is sponsored by SWALCO and Stormwater Management Commission. Learn more »

Using rain barrels, backyard composting, and planting native species are all sustainable and environmentally sound practices that will not only be good for your pocketbook, but for your home, community and beyond:

  • Rain barrels reuse stormwater from rooftops and divert water from storm drains, decreasing the impact of runoff to streams and minimizing sewer overflows during heavy rainfall.
  • In addition to creating a nutrient rich soil for yards and gardens, composting at home means you'll dispose of less material in your waste, diverting a large percentage of materials from landfills.
  • Composting reduces water needed for gardens and improves resistance to plant diseases and insect pests.


The region's popular eco-friendly lawn and garden program is available in Lake County. If you're looking for tips on how to get started with native landscaping, Conserve Lake County can assess your property and offer advice. Some fees apply. Learn more and sign up for a Conservation@Home consultation today.

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