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​Information about Native Plants

np2Native plants require less maintenance, less water, and provide better soil stability than non-native plants. Because native plants originated in this region, they are adapted to the climatic conditions, including temperature, wind speed, sunlight, and rainfall that occur within the region. These adaptations allow native plants to thrive under the conditions present here. Typically, that means saving money on water bills and saving time pruning, weeding, and transplanting. Plants native to this region have long root structures providing more soil stability and maintaining better plant structure. This means that your native plants will come back year after year with minimal time and energy input from you.


Native plants provide better soil stability thereby reducing soil erosion. They are also adapted for the Blue River community and interact better with insect, bird, and other wildlife populations providing greater biodiversity and long-term sustainability. Plants that evolved in this region are adapted for the dry summers, cold winters, and wet springs and falls. They thrive under these conditions without coddling and provide nourishment and habitat to native wildlife present within the community.


Native Seed Sources:

Ion Exchanger, Harpers Ferry, IA, 800-291-2143
Star Seed, Beloit, KS, 785-738-5775
Oak Prairie Farms, Pardeeville, WI, 800-894-3884
Spence Restoration Nursery, Muncie, IN, 765-286-7154
Ernst Conservation Seeds, Meadville, PA, 800-873-3321
Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN, 866-417-8156
Stock Seed Farms, Murdock, NE, 402-867-3771
JFNew, Walkerton, IN, 574-586-3400
Roundstone Native Seed, LLC, Upton, KY, 270-531-2353
Applegate’s Seed House formerly AgVenture D&M, Brook, IN, 219-275-6755
Osenbaugh Grass & Wildflower Seeds, 800-582-2788
Byron Seeds LLC/ Weaver Seeds, Marshall, IN 800-801-3596