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Native Plants

Native plants require less maintenance, less water, and provide better soil stability than non-native plants. Because native plants originated in this region, they are adapted to the climatic conditions, including temperature, wind speed, sunlight, and rainfall that occur within the region. These adaptations allow native plants to thrive under the conditions present here. Typically, that means saving money on water bills and saving time pruning, weeding, and transplanting. Plants native to this region have long root structures providing more soil stability and maintaining better plant structure. This means that your native plants will come back year after year with minimal time and energy input from you.

Native plants provide better soil stability thereby reducing soil erosion. They are also adapted for the communities present in Greater Lafayette and interact better with insect, bird, and other wildlife populations providing greater biodiversity and long-term sustainability. Plants that evolved in this region are adapted for the dry summers, cold winters, and wet springs and falls. They thrive under these conditions without coddling and provide nourishment and habitat to native wildlife present within the community.

Local Native Plant Sources:

The Land Nursery 513 Sharon Road, West Lafayette 765-763-2994

Winterhaven Wildflowers and Native Plant Preserve 5724 S. 900 W., West Point 765-714-4288

Spence Nursery 2220 E. Fusion Road, Muncie 765-286-7154 http://www.spencenursery.com

Native Seed Sources:

Star Seed, Beloit, KS, 785-738-5775 www.gostarseed.com

Spence Restoration Nursery, Muncie, IN, 765-286-7154 www.spencenursery.com

Ernst Conservation Seeds, Meadville, PA, 800-873-3321 www.ernstseed.com

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN, 866-417-8156 www.prairiemoon.com

Stock Seed Farms, Murdock, NE, 402-867-3771 www.stockseed.com

Cardno Native Plant Nursery, Walkerton, IN, 574-586-3400 www.cardnonativeplantnursery.com

Roundstone Native Seed, LLC, Upton, KY, 270-531-2353

Applegate’s Seed House formerly AgVenture D&M, Brook, IN, 219-275-6755

Osenbaugh Grass & Wildflower Seeds, 800-582-2788

Byron Seeds LLC/ Weaver Seeds, Marshall, IN 800-801-3596

Heartland Restoration Services, Inc., 14921 Hand Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46818, TEL 260-489-8511, FAX 260-489-8607 www.earthsourceinc.net

Hensler Wholesale Nursery, Inc., 5715 N. 750 E., Hamlet, IN 46532, TEL 219.867.4192, FAX 219.867.4960

Munchkin Nursery & Garden, 323 Woodside Drive, N.W., Depauw, IN 47115-9039, TEL / FAX 812.633.4858, genebush@munchkinnursery.com, www.munchkinnursery.com

Soilandwater.com, Bloomington, Indiana, TEL 877-663-6292, FAX 812-339-2863, swc@soilandwater.com, /www.soilandwater.com

Prophetstown State Park Greenhouse near the Nature Center

Tippecanoe SWCD Native Plant Sale www.tippecanoeswcd.com

Indiana Wildlife Federation Native Plant Sale www.indianawildlife.org

INPAWS Native Plant Sale www.inpaws.org

Other sources of native plants:
http://www.indianawildlife.org/wildlife/sources-indiana-native-plants

Other Sources of Seed

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/sources_in_wildflowers.html

Resources:

Indiana Plant and Wildflower Society - Landscaping with plants native to Indiana