Many people who enjoy seeing native plants in the wild also like to grow them in their own gardens, so ANPS is providing a list of regional nurseries which sell native plant materials. The following nurseries sell responsibly sourced native plant materials, but some also sell non-native species and native cultivars.
As the interest in growing native plants has increased, so has the availability of native cultivars. There are columnar trees and dwarf shrubs, perennials with long lasting or unusual floral displays in trendy colors, and cultivars bred for exceptional fruit, disease resistance, fall color, and other desirable characteristics. These plants help expand the appeal of growing native plants and the roles they can fill in garden settings, but there are some tradeoffs to growing them. The characteristics that make cultivars attractive to the gardening public may make them less appealing, and even detrimental in some cases, to pollinators and wildlife (see xerces.org/blog/cultivar-conundrum), and the uniform characteristics that make them selling points for buyers come at the expense of preserving genetic diversity.
To make the biggest impact in preserving biodiversity and supporting wildlife, ANPS recommends buying plants grown from locally sourced seed and prioritizing species that grow wild in your area by buying straight species instead of cultivars.
The following is a list of regional nurseries that either specialize in growing native species or have native plant materials in their inventory.
Holland Wildflower Farm
Ozark Native Plants
St. Paul, AR
Pine Ridge Gardens
River Valley Horticultural Products, Inc.
Little Rock, AR
White River Nursery
Wild Streak Native Plants
Critsite Prairie and Wetland Center
Forrest Keeling Nursery
Hamilton Native Outpost
Elk Creek, MO
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery
Jefferson City, MO
If you would like your nursery listed and you will certify that you don’t obtain your plants from the wild, please contact the webmaster.