Native plants add beauty to the landscape as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native plants include the tree, shrub, grass, and flower species that evolved over thousands of years to be best adapted to the Illinois climate and soils. Without these native plants the insects, birds, and other animals that co-evolved with them cannot survive. Landscaping with native plants brings beauty and biodiversity to your yard or property.
Since native plants are adapted to the Illinois climate, they require little care once they are established. Many of these plant species require minimal watering and are amazingly resilient to Illinois weather extremes, insects, weeds, and most diseases. This means you will need to use fewer chemicals in your yard, such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, which in turn improves local water quality. And unlike annuals, these perennial plants will regrow each year.
IDNR: Biodiversity of Illinois Species Search (Over 1,000 species found in Illinois aquatic, prairie/edge, or woodland habitats)
Where to Find Plants
IDNR Mason State Tree Nursery: The IDNR Mason State Tree Nursery is Illinois’ only state nursery.
Everything they produce is native Illinois eco-type and free of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Illinois Native Plant Society: Native Plant Sales: The Illinois Native Plant Society keeps a comprehensive list of native plant sales in Illinois that is searchable by region, sale date, organization name, and city.
Disclaimer: The IDNR maintains a list of nurseries that sell native Illinois plants as a courtesy to the public. This is not a complete list of nurseries that sell native plants in Illinois. Inclusion on this list does not constitute any recommendation or endorsement by the IDNR. Requests for inclusion to this list should be made at: firstname.lastname@example.org