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HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK® is a grassroots call-to-action to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks.Their resource page includes a native plant finder as well as resources on landscape design, removing invasive species and native plant lists. You can also put your native plant garden on their national map.
Audubon Native Plant Database
Enter your zip code and the database will generate a list of native plants. The 'Best Results' tab includes native plants for a particular area that have been hand-selected by Audubon experts. They are important bird resources that are relatively easy to grow and are usually available at native plant sales and nurseries. Your can filter your results by types of plants, resources, and the bird families you'd like to attract, or search for specific plant names. Add plants to your list by selecting the checkbox below each plant profile. Then click the orange 'Get your plant list' button below to receive an emailed list.
National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder
Based on the research of Douglas W. Tallamy, this native plant finder uses your zip code to find plants that host the highest numbers of butterflies and moths to feed birds and other wildlife where you live. No other online resource offers zip code specific lists of native plants ranked by the number of butterflies and moths that use them as caterpillar host plants. Plants are ranked by greatest number of butterfly and moth associations, since their young play a directly proportional role in supporting bird populations. Butterflies and moths are ranked by choosiness of their diet, indicating which may receive the greatest benefit by inclusion of their host plant in your garden.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers the most comprehensive database on native plants for North America. You can search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. Your search results can be narrowed according to criteria such as State/Province, general appearance or habit, light requirements, soil moisture, flower color, bloom time, plant height and even more criteria.
Illinois Wildflowers by Dr. John Hilty
This amazing resource contains descriptions, photographs, and range maps of many wildflowers and other plants in Illinois. These plants consist primarily of herbaceous flowering plants and some woody plants, whether native to Illinois or introduced from somewhere else. Wildflowers and other plants are divided into 5 large groups according to the general habitat in which they are most likely to occur and include prairie wildflowers, savanna wildflowers, weedy wildflowers, wetland wildflowers, and woodland wildflowers. The website also includes information on grasses, sedges and non-flowering plants as well as trees, shrubs, and woody vines.
Rain Gardens: A Manual for Homeowners & Landscapers
This 32-page manual from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is a comprehensive guide for creating rain gardens. Contents include sizing and siting, constructing, planting and maintaining, and recommended plants. The manual is full of photos and illustrations to assist you with your project. The file is large and it may take a few minutes to download.
The Southern Lake Michigan Rain Garden Manual
This manual is a Southern Lake Michigan-specific resource developed for homeowners, landscape architects, city planners, and anyone else interested in protecting local rivers and lakes through gardening. The information in this manual clarifies the process of installing a rain garden and demonstrates that rain gardens are cost-effective storm water management tools, which can be incorporated into a variety of landscapes.
This brochure from the Illinois Department of Nature Resources provides some really great plant lists which include a list of native host plants for butterfly larvae and a list of native plants that provide adult butterflies with nectar sources, shelter and resting spots.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides an extensive selection of different types of native plants lists on its website. A selection of links provided below:
Hummingbird Garden Requirements & Plant List
Butterfly Garden Requirements & Plant List
Shortgrass Prairie Requirements & Plant List
Tallgrass Prairie Requirements & Plant List
Container and Planter Requirements & Plant List
Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Resources for the Great Lakes Region
The Xerces Society has put together a wonderful selection of region-specific native plant lists and resources. A small selection of what they offer is provided below:
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