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Native Plant Sale

Check Back in Spring 2020 for Plant Sale Details


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.

Native Plant Sale Species List

Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Plant Type:

Common Name Scientific Name Plant Type Habitat
American Filbert Corylus americana Shrub Prairie (full sun/part sun)
American Plum Prunus americana Tree Savanna (part sun/shade)
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum Tree Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Grass Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Big-Leaved Aster Eurybia macrophylla Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bird's Foot Violet Viola pedata lineariloba Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Shrub Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Black Walnut Juglans nigra Tree Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Beech Carpinus caroliniana virginiana Tree Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Flag Iris virginica shrevei Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Blue Mistflower Conoclinium coelestinum Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Bottlebrush Grass Elymus hystrix Grass Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bristly Aster Symphyotrichum puniceum Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Broad-Leaved Goldenrod Solidago flexicaulis Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Broad-Leaved Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Brown Fox Sedge Carex vulpinoidea Grass Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Brown-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Tree Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Shrub Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorum Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Celadine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum Forb Woodland (shade)
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Tree Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Fern Woodland (shade)
Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Fern Woodland (shade)
Common Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium albidum Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Bur Reed Sparganium eurycarpum Grass Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum virginianum Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Oak Sedge Carex pensylvanica Grass Savanna (part sun/shade)
Common Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculata Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Common Spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis Forb Savanna (part sun/shade)
Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Curly-Styled Wood Sedge Carex rosea Grass Savanna (part sun/shade)
Cylindrical Blazing Star Liatris cylindracea Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Dwarf Honeysuckle Diervilla lonicera Shrub Savanna (part sun/shade)
Early Meadow Rue Thalictrum dioicum Forb Woodland (shade)
Early Wild Rose Rosa blanda Shrub Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Eastern Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis Shrub Prairie (full sun/part sun)
Elm-Leaved Goldenrod Solidago ulmifolia Forb Woodland (shade)
False Aster Boltonia asteroides Forb Prairie (full sun/part sun)
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Healthy Hedges

September 19, 2019 (06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048

Learn about our efforts to eliminate buckthorn. Experts will share tips for removing this invasive species and suggest great replacement plants. Let us inspire you to join the movement toward a healthier Lake County.
« September 2019 »

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. 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, Open Lands 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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