Most of us are familiar with ornamental grasses commonly found in large garden centers. Yet, exotic species provide little value to wildlife and they can even become an invasive nuisance that displaces indigenous species. Many native grasses are host plants for various butterfly species. Not to mention their seeds are sustenance for over-wintering birds and small mammals.
These native plant guides cover general growing conditions as well as helpful tips and fun facts. All content may be downloaded for free in an effort to help spread native plant awareness. While they may be downloaded and printed for personal or educational purposes, they are not for commercial use.
Click on the species scientific name to jump to it’s Fact Sheet below.
Click on the common name to visit a separate web page for that species (includes Fact Sheets, Quick Cards, and more info when available).
- Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem
- Bouteloua curtipendula – Side Oats Grama
- Chasmanthium latifolium – Northern Sea Oats
- Deschampsia cespitosa – Tufted Hairgrass
- Elymus hystrix – Bottlebrush Grass
- Eragrostis spectabilis – Purple Lovegrass
- Glyceria canadensis – Rattlesnake Grass
- Muhlenbergia capillaris – Pink Muhly Grass
- Panicum virgatum – Switch Grass
- Schizachyrium scoparium – Little Bluestem
- Sorghastrum nutans – Indian Grass
- Sporobolus heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed
- NEW! Updated 2/8/23
*Please note, as Arcadia Natives is located in Pennsylvania, most companion plants suggested on the Fact Sheets are for the Mid-Atlantic region. Always do your research first and choose plants that are native to your ecoregion.
DID YOU KNOW?
When you scan the QR code on an Arcadia Natives pot label, it will take you to our website where you can quickly view the Plant Facts & Quick Cards for that species.
Though planting local ecotypes is ideal, sometimes it’s not always possible to source seeds close to home. When we know the provenance of any seed grown plant, it will be indicated on the label. You can look up the Ecoregion on a map to learn more about where it came from!
Arcadia Natives is located in the Permian Hills ecoregion (70a). Any plant grown from seed that was harvested from naturally occurring plant colonies on our property will be marked with a green dot and our logo!