Michigan Native Plants

FAQs about native plants in Michigan

By choosing plants native to Michigan, you'll be helping to ensure that Michigan's unique ecosystems can thrive for years to come. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature right in your backyard! 

Michigan is home to a wide variety of native plants, and adding some of these plants to your garden can help to support local wildlife. Our Michigan native plant collections include a mix of plants that are well-suited to the state's climate and soils. So why wait? Browse our Michigan native plants today.

Not sure if you’re browsing the best native plants for your garden? Why not try shopping for native plants by ZIP Code. Not in Michigan? Shop by state instead.

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You’ll help birds, pollinators such as bees, butterflies, other insects, amphibians and small mammals, and reptiles.
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Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. You’ll be creating habitat for declining wildlife, but also helping to reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water runoff.
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Bring nature home. There’s no easier place to get a daily dose of nature and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
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All orders support our non-profit mission to help declining wildlife and expand native plant availability nationwide.
butterfly icon
You’ll help birds, pollinators such as bees, butterflies, other insects, amphibians and small mammals, and reptiles.
glove icon
Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. You’ll be creating habitat for declining wildlife, but also helping to reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water runoff.
house icon
Bring nature home. There’s no easier place to get a daily dose of nature and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
hand holding a plant icon
All orders support our non-profit mission to help declining wildlife and expand native plant availability nationwide.
butterfly icon
You’ll help birds, pollinators such as bees, butterflies, other insects, amphibians and small mammals, and reptiles.
globe icon
Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. You’ll be creating habitat for declining wildlife, but also helping to reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water runoff.
house icon
Bring nature home. There’s no easier place to get a daily dose of nature and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
hand holding a plant icon
All orders support our non-profit mission to help declining wildlife and expand native plant availability nationwide.
butterfly icon
You’ll help birds, pollinators such as bees, butterflies, other insects, amphibians and small mammals, and reptiles.
globe icon
Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. You’ll be creating habitat for declining wildlife, but also helping to reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water runoff.
house icon
Bring nature home. There’s no easier place to get a daily dose of nature and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
hand holding a plant icon
All orders support our non-profit mission to help declining wildlife and expand native plant availability nationwide.

FAQs about native plants in Michigan

Whether you're looking to attract bees, fireflies, and butterflies or want to add a little bit of Michigan history to your garden, here are some answers to our most common questions.

Contrary to popular belief, planting Michigan native plants can create a neater, more attractive landscape than non-natives. This is because they are better adapted to Michigan's climate and soil conditions and thus are less likely to become overgrown or invasive. So if you're looking for a low-maintenance landscaping solution that will also help support Michigan's wildlife, consider using native plants.

Michigan native plants are those that naturally occur within the state’s borders. They have evolved to adapt to the Michigan climate, making them well-suited for Michigan gardens. However, when selecting Michigan native plants for your garden, it is important to consider the plant’s growth habits, light requirements, and water needs.

Michigan is no stranger to drought conditions. Our state has been dealing with below-average rainfall for the past few years. This has led many people to wonder: do Michigan native plants grow during a drought?

The short answer is yes! Michigan native plants are adapted to our state's climate, including periods of drought. They are more likely to survive and thrive during dry conditions than non-native plants. If you're looking to buy Michigan native plants for your pollinator garden, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, choose appropriate plants for your garden's location and soil type. Second, make sure to water your plants deeply and regularly during periods of drought.

With a little care and attention, Michigan native plants can thrive during even the driest conditions. So don't be afraid to add them to your garden - they might be the key to a lush, green oasis during extended periods of drought!

Not exactly... The right native plant in the right place will flourish as it is adapted to the local weather and soil conditions. For example, Florida natives will thrive in hot and humid conditions. In contrast, native plants that have adapted to the continental climate of, say, Minnesota will have very different requirements and optimal conditions.

Michigan's native plants have adapted to the state's harsh winters and humid summers, making them uniquely suited to Michigan's climate. So native Michigan plants are more likely to thrive in Michigan's climate than non-native plants, and they will provide your garden with the unique beauty of Michigan's native flora.

When it comes to gardening, there are a lot of different schools of thought. Some gardeners prefer to stick to native plants, while others are more experimental. But what does it mean to garden with native plants? Native plants are simply those that naturally occur in a particular area.

In other words, they don't require special care or attention to thrive. However, that doesn't mean that native plants don't need any work at all. Just like any other plant, they'll need occasional pruning and watering.

The key is not to overdo it — too much water or fertilizer can damage native plants. So if you're thinking about adding some native plants to your garden, rest assured that they won't require much extra work. With a little care, they'll thrive better than any other plants.

Like most people, you probably think of bees as pesky insects that can ruin a perfect picnic. But you may not realize that bees are essential for the survival of many plant species. Bees are pollinators, which means they help flowers reproduce by transferring pollen from one flower to another.

This process is essential for the health of ecosystems and the production of food crops. Without bees, many plants would die out, and our food supply would seriously diminish.

But why plant pollinators if they attract bees that might sting me? Firstly, not all bees are aggressive. Most bees are quite docile and will only sting humans if they feel threatened. Secondly, the benefits of having pollinators far outweigh the risks. By planting pollinator-friendly plants in your garden, you can help ensure the survival of these important creatures.