Using natives in landscaping helps sustain native butterflies, moths and other beneficial insects; native birds, reptiles, mammals, and other fauna.

The list below was reproduced from the brochure Landscaping with Native Plants Promotes Biodiversity published by Warner Park Nature Center and Tennessee Natural Areas Program in the Division of Natural Heritage/TDEC

Below is an abbreviated list of plants native to Middle Tennessee, courtesy Warner Park Nature Center:

Native Plants of Middle Tennessee
Grasses
Big bluestem Andropogon gerardii
Little bluestem Andropogon scoparius
Broomsedge Andropogon virginicus
River cane Arundinaria gigantea
River oats, Spangle grass Chasmanthium latifolium
Canada wild rye Elymus canadensis
Bottle brush Hystrix patula
Switch-grass Panicum virgatum
Indian grass Sorghastrum nutans
Ferns
Lady-fern Athyrium felix-femina
Sensitive fern Onoclea sensibilis
Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea
Chain fern Woodwardia areolata
Maidenhair fern Adiantum pedatum
Ebony spleenwort Asplenium platyneuron
Christmas fern Polystichum acrostichoides
Common grape fern Botrychium dissectum
Broad beech fern Phegopteris hexagonaptera
Common woodsia Woodsia obtuse
Flowers
Doll’s-eye baneberry Actaea alba
Thimbleweed Anemone virginiana
Wild columbine Aquilegia canadensis
Wild ginger Asarum canadense
Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa
Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata
New England aster Aster novae-angliae
Bushy aster Aster dumosus
Fall blue aster Aster patens
Blue false indigo Baptisia australis
Tall bellflower Campanula americana
Coreopsis Coreopsis major
Shooting star Dodecatheon meadia
Joe-Pye weed Eupatorium fistulosum
Mist flower Euportium coelestinum
Wild geranium Geranium maculatum
Woods sunflower Helianthus divaricatus
Small headed sunflower Helianthus microcephalus
Liverleaf Hepatica acutiloba
Alumroot Heuchera americana
Jewelweed Impatiens pallida
Spotted jewelweed Impatiens capensis
Dwarf crested iris Iris cristata
Cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalis
Great blue lobelia Lobelia syphilitica
Virginia bluebells Mertensia virginica
Partridge-berry Mitchella repens
Bergamot Monarda fistulosa
Prickly pear Opuntia humifusa
Appalachian pachysandra Pachysandra procumbens
Wild blue phlox Phlox divaricata
Beard-tongue Pentstemon calycosus
Jacob’s ladder Polemonium reptans
Poke weed Phytolacca americana
Solomon’s seal Polygonatum biflorum
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis
Fire Pink Silene virginica
Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica
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