When it comes to native plants in Michigan, we have tons, especially wildflowers. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has more than 50 different species of wildflowers recorded, each species more beautiful and interesting than the one before it. In general, native plants are extremely important to a region. They are equipped to survive and provide the necessary food and shelter for wild animals as the seasons and climates change. Native plants serve as a critical part in the balance of an ecosystem
Because of the great benefits they provide to our ecosystem, you might be interested in planting some of your own. It is important to learn which plants will survive in which areas, what plants to avoid planting, and invasive species that can destroy other native plants.
Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Nature Resources has divided Michigan into three large units in order to distinguish which climates and soils support different kinds of plant species.
For example, if you live in the southern part of Michigan, you might be interested in planting the Wild Columbine. It can survive in full sun, part sun, or shade and needs an average amount of water. Be prepared to see a few butterflies or birds perched upon them, as they provide food and good place to lay eggs.
The Michigan Native Plant Producer Association is comprised of seven independently owned nurseries across the state. In total, they grow and sell more than 400 species of native plants and seeds including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Check out the member nurseries and learn more about native plants and the ways you can incorporate them into your garden.
Our state flower, too, has had an impact on our environment and economy. Read the history lesson →