Turks Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)
Turks Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)
Muhlenberg’s Hairgrass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Welcome to our native plant resources page. Native plant gardening is the best way to help stem the decline of our native plant heritage. Gardening with natives benefits wildlife and reduces dependence on chemical fertilizers, mowing and watering. We’ve created this page to help you learn more about our regional flora and fauna. Enjoy and please let us know if you run across any dead links.
Bird List: Click here for a list of bird species observed in the Gardens over the years. We rely on experienced birders to report new bird sightings to us. If you see a bird that we haven’t listed, please contact us.
Other Wildlife Species: Click here for a list of species other than birds observed in the Gardens over the years.
NATIVE PLANT INFORMATION
The United States Department of Agriculture provides details on plants growing in nearly any area of the US. Many plant records have descriptions, photos, and county-level maps noting where plants may be found plus book references.
The North Carolina Native Plant Society
The website of this state-wide native plant conservation organization contains all sorts of goodies such as plant galleries, a listing of native plant events, and gardening recommendations with natives.
Garden Club of Weaverville
The Garden Club of Weaverville has taken an active role in creating native plant gardens in north Asheville. Their website offers information on native plant gardening and control of the invasive species and highlights many of their projects.
Mistaken Identities: Invasive Plants and Their Native Look-alikes; an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic
The Delaware Department of Agriculture published this outstanding identification guide to native plants and their invasive look-alikes.
SOURCES OF NATIVE PLANTS
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville has two plant sales a year (spring and fall). During these sales, our garden staff and volunteers make available native plants grown in our on-site greenhouse at the BGA table next to the gazebo. We offer these BGA plants to our member at a 10% discount. Most of our other plant vendors at our plant sales offer native plants. We’ve included an asterisk (*) next to the native plant vendors who generally attend the BGA’s plant sales. The following contains a list of regional nurseries that carry native plants; a link to the NCNPS list of statewide native plant vendors; and two online vendors with excellent reputations. PLEASE NOTE: When you buy native plants, always check the Latin name to ensure you have the correct genus and species.
Carolina Native Nursery * — Located in Burnsville, NC, Carolina Native Nursery specializes in native shrubs and perennials.
Elk Mountain Nursery — This Alexander, NC, retail grower offers a wide variety of of perennials, shrubs and trees native to the Eastern states. They only sell at their nursery or at regional plant sales.
Gardens of the Blue Ridge — This Newland, NC, nursery specializes in wildflowers, ferns, native orchids, trees and shrubs.
Natural Selections Nursery — Pat Sommers specializes in herbaceous perennials and ferns of the Southern Appalachians that she raises from seed, spore, cutting or division. Her nursery is in Weaverville.
Prairie Moon Nursery (online vendor) — This Minnesota nursery sells native plants and seeds for restoration and gardening. Their catalog is gorgeous and packed with great information. Online, they provide a range map to tell you if the plant you want to buy is native to your area.
Prairie Nursery (online vendor) — Located in Westfield, WI, this mail order company offers a first-rate selection of native plants and seeds. They also have a range map to tell you if the plant you want is native to your area. They also have pre-planned gardens on order — for instance, they will sell you all the plants you need to start a garden to attract Monarchs.
Red Roots Native Nursery * — BGA volunteer Jean Harrison operates this native plant nursery located in north Buncombe. The nursery is a wholesale operation, but Jean participates in our plant sales.
Sandy Mush Herb Nursery * — Located in Leicester, NC, the good folks at Sandy Mush offer all kinds of plants and have quite a few native plants among the mix.
Sow True Seed — This Asheville-based seed company sells open-pollinated, non-hybrid, gmo-free seeds featuring heirloom, organic, and traditional varieties. You can find some seeds here for native landscaping plants.
Mountain Mist Nursery * — “The deciduous native azaleas or wild azaleas that we grow are native to the East Coast of the United States. Our goal is to produce plants as they reproduce in nature, from seed, some are by cuttings, from those that will root.”
NC Native Plant Society’s list — Our friends at the NCNPS have compiled a list of recommended and approved nurseries that abide by the NCNPS native plant provenance and invasive plant guidelines.
Reems Creek Valley Nursery — This Weaverville nursery has a section of native plants.
INVASIVE & EXOTIC SPECIES
NISC Website The National Invasive Species Council provides a wealth of information.
Invasive Plant Control More information on invasives.
Mistaken Identify Invasive Plants and their Native Look Alikes
USEFUL GARDENING INFORMATION
NC Cooperative Extension Service – (Buncombe County) Excellent source of information on gardening/plants
LOCAL CONSERVATION GROUPS
Bee City USA
This Asheville-based national non-profit galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators. They have a first-rate resource page with information for helping our pollinators survive and thrive.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
Our local Audubon Society does a great job promoting an awareness and appreciation of nature. The group owns and manages the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, hosts bird walks and regular programs, and lists local bird sightings.
Heather Rayburn’s website is dedicated to promoting the restoration of native milkweed to the landscape to feed Monarch caterpillars. Milkweed is the only food source of the endangered Monarch butterfly larvae.
RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River. They work hard to restore our nearby watershed.
NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDENS & ARBORETUM
Western North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina