Learn About Natives

What Are Native Plants?

Wild Ones defines a native plant as a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat and was present prior to European settlement.

Benefits of Native Plants

  • Native plants are essential host and nectar plants for pollinators.
  • Native plants have deep roots which absorb excess rainfall and prevent water from running directly into our rivers and streams?helping to provide clean water for everyone.
  • Native plants in place of turf lawns help reduce your carbon footprint.

Where Can I Find Native Plant Information?

Plant of the Month

To have the “Plant of the Month” sent to your own email address each month, please subscribe on the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources website at www.bwsr.state.mn.us. Under “media Center” and “Email Updates” at the bottom, enter your email address and select “Go.” Check the box on the next page which is next to “BWSR Featured Plant” and the “Submit”. This is a free update. You may subscribe at any time.

Minnesota Native Plant Society

Botanical Club of Wisconsin

Minnesota Native Intelligence

MN DNR Guide to Landscaping with Natives

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Native Plant Info Network

USDA Plants Database


Honey Bee Club of Stillwater

Monarch Joint Venture (HQ at U of MN)

Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Pollinator Partnership

USDA Forest Service

The Xerces Society

Phenology & Citizen Science

Project Budburst

National Phenology Network

WI Phenological Society A regional partner of NPN