A native plant is one that grew naturally in southeastern Wisconsin before Europeans settled the area. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses is better for the environment since, once they’re established, they do not need fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or watering.


Native plants’ deep roots help your garden absorb water – some roots go down 25 feet! These fantastic roots form deep channels that absorb rainwater. Some of the roots die each year and new roots grow. Decomposing roots make the soil more fertile and absorbent. The root systems hold soil together and help prevent erosion. Deep plant roots also create additional channels for stormwater to filter into ground.

Great native plants for your landscape!

Flowering plants

Asters (Aster spp.)

Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)

Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.)

Joe-pye Weeds (Eupatorium spp.)

Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.)

Blazing Stars (Liatris spp.)

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta, R. laciniata)

Prairie Dock, Compass Plant, Cupplant and other Silphiums (Silphium spp.)

Goldenrods (Solidago spp.),

but avoid

Canada Goldenrod (S. Canadensis )


Bluestems (Andropogon spp.)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Where can I purchase native plants?

Check out any of these Wisconsin native plant retailers:


Agrecol Corporation Agricultural Ecological Solutions (608) 223-3571

Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery (Division of Applied Ecological Services) (608)

Johnson Nursery (262) 252-4988

Prairie Nursery (800) 476-9453