Conservation

Plant NATIVE!

Why should you plant native flowers, shrubs and trees in your yard?

  • Native plants are more likely to survive and thrive.
  • Once established, native plants are easy to maintain, use less water and look gorgeous.
  • Native plants provide food and shelter for butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife.
  • Your yard can become a much needed natural space for urban wildlife—and a safe resting spot for migrating animals like birds and Monarch butterflies.
  • Your native garden will become an important part of saving our local, natural beauty by stopping invasive plants from taking over our lands.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the importance of planting native!

A spicebush swallowtail butterfly enjoys a sip from a wild bergamot flower.

Spring Native Plant Sale

April 19—June 2

10 am—5pm; daily

Come out to The Nature Shop at the Rowe Visitors Center to stock up on some native plants! From herbs to wildflowers, from grasses to trees, our Native Plant sale has everything you need to create your own bright and beautiful garden, while providing a wonderful habitat for butterflies, birds and other local wildlife.

All plants come from the nurseries at Cincinnati Nature Center, Someday Farms, Grant's Farm and Garden, and Keystone Nursery. Plants will be restocked throughout the sale. Some of the plants that will be available include:

  • Ashy Sunflower (Helianthus mollis): This perennial produces bright yellow flowers between July and October, attracting birds, butterflies and bees.

  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta): This common native wildflower has yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom all summer into early fall. A fairly hardy plant, it grows well in most gardens and attracts butterflies.

  • Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus histrix): As an ornamental grass, bottlebrush works well in native gardens and naturalized areas. Its distinctive bristly flower head gives it its name—and looks very striking in gardens when backlit.

  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca): This plant is best known as being a host for Monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. It’s perennial, blooming pink flowers between June and August.

  • Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis): Blooming in white, tube-shaped flowers from May-June, this perennial attracts many different pollinators—including hummingbirds.

  • Gray-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata): A slender, yellow-flowering perennial, the gray-headed coneflower is attractive to birds, bees and butterflies. It blooms between June and October.

  • Lance-Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata): As the most common coreopsis, this plant is easy to grow and drought tolerant. From May—June, it blooms in bright yellow flowers.

  • Late Boneset (Eupatorium serotinum): A member of the Aster family, this plant blooms in late summer and early fall, giving traveling pollinators (like Monarch butterflies) much needed food for the road.

  • Pagoda Plant (Blephilia hirsuta): Also known as the hairy woodmint, this plant is a member of the mint family and can grow to 30 inches tall. Its blueish-purple flowers appear in late spring through mid-summer.

  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea): This iconic purple flower blooms from June—August and attracts lots of different pollinators!

  • Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium): Blooming in white flowers from June—September, the rattlesnake master is good for pollinators. Its name comes from the fact that it was once used to treat rattlesnake bites.

  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata): Topped with tiny pink flowers from June—August, the swamp milkweed thrives well in wet soils. Like the common milkweed, it’s also a host plant for Monarch butterflies.

  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa): Topped with lavender blooms in July through September,  this native wildflower attracts bees and butterflies.

Many other plants are available, including some herbs and trees. Stop by to find your favorites!