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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!

Native Plant Sale Species List

Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Plant Type:

Common Name Scientific Name Plant Type Habitat
American Bur-Reed Sparganium americanum Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
American Cranberry Vibrnum trilobum Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
American Filbert Corylus americana Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum Shrubs Savanna (part sun/shade)
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Big-leaved Aster Aster macrophyllus Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bird's Foot Violet Viola pedata Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bitternut Hickory Carya cordiformis Trees Woodland (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 Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadense Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana Trees Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Flag Iris Iris virginica shrevei Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bottlebrush Buckeye Aesculus parviflora Shrubs Woodland (shade)
Bottlebrush Grass Hystrix patula Grasses Savanna (part sun/shade)
Brown Fox Sedge Carex vulpinoidea Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Brown-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Calico Aster Aster lateriflorus Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Canadian Anemone Anemone canadensis Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Trees Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Ferns Woodland (shade)
Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamonea Ferns Woodland (shade)
Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium albidum Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Oak Sedge Carex pensylvanica Grasses Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Rush Juncus effusus Grasses Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum Flowers 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 Flowers Woodland (shade)
Early Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Eastern prickly pear Opuntia humifusa Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis Shrubs Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elm-Leaved Goldenrod Solidago ulmifolia Flowers Woodland (shade)
False Aster Boltonia asteroides Flowers Prairie (full sun/part sun)
False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa Flowers Woodland (shade)
Fire Pinks Silene virginica Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis Flowers Savanna (part sun/shade)
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Download the plant list for more detailed information about the plants available at the Native Plant Sale.

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 residents will dispose of less material in their waste, diverting a large percentage of materials from our landfills
  • Compost can reduce the amount of water needed in a garden and improves resistance to plant diseases and insect pests

Composting 101

New to composting? Need a refresher or have questions on how to maximize your composting system? Join SWALCO for Composting 101 on Saturday, May 7 at 1 pm in parking lot K. Free to all!


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.

2016 Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 7
9 am–3 pm

Sunday, May 8
10 am–2 pm

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