Sources of Indiana Native Plants
The retail plant industry is coming to recognize the demand for native plants, so there is a fair chance of finding the most garden-worthy Indiana natives at your local nursery and garden center. Those listed in our brochure, “Landscaping with Plants Native to Indiana,” are readily available at finer garden centers and via mail-order.
Criteria for Listing on INPAWS Retail Sources
INPAWS gives special credit to nurseries and garden centers that offer native plants for sale and do not offer known exotic invasive plants. Firms included in our list:
- Are based in Indiana or in a county adjacent to Indiana.
- Do not sell or design with any invasive plants, defined as plants that the Indiana Invasive Species Council (IISC) has determined to be invasive in Indiana. Download the invasive plant list
- Provide plants native to Indiana as part of their stock or part of their designs.
We provide information on what percent of each provider’s stock is native, whether they offer local genotype stock, and whether they use neonicotinoid insecticides.
We welcome public input to this list. Please submit additions and revisions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Source, Inc. & Heartland Restoration Services, Inc.
14921 Hand Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Tel. 260-489-8511, Fax: 260-489-8607
100% native plant material. Wholesale nursery; product includes prairie, woodland, wetland plants, native grasses, trees & shrubs; suppliers of local genotype seed and custom grown plants; offers range of environmental consulting services including installation and management of native landscapes including prescribed burns and limited herbicide applications /exotic species control of those ecosystems, erosion/sedimentation control, soil bioengineering, wetland mitigation, section 401/404 permitting, environmental assessments, habitat evaluations.
5635 County Road 72, Spencerville, IN 46788
100% native plant material. Selling at events, farmers markets and by appointment. Riverview Nursery sells only native perennials and grasses selected for desirable landscape traits. Eighty-five percent are local genotypes adapted to NE Indiana climate, soil and wildlife. The result is a beautiful low-maintenance garden that helps restore wildlife habitat. Native plants for specialty gardens, such as rain gardens, lakeshores, butterflies, birds, pollinators and cut gardens, are available.
Blank’s Nursery & Garden Center
0448 E. 500 South, LaPorte, IN 46350
40% native plant material. Hours by appointment. Can order a large variety of native trees and shrubs.
Cardno JFNew Native Plant Nursery
128 Sunset Drive, Walkerton, IN 46574
Tel 574-586-2412, Fax 574-586-2718
100 % native plant material; 90% local to Northwest Indiana. Wholesale nursery. Product includes certified and genotype native seed, custom seed mixes, prairie, woodland, upland, wetland plants and seed, native grasses, trees and shrubs. Bioengineering erosion control materials, vegetated coir logs, fascines, wattles. Custom and contract growing, all sizes, plugs and liners to quarts and gallons for restoration and native landscaping projects. Catalog available. Full environmental consulting services with expertise in assessment, wetlands, streams, natural stormwater management, permitting, mitigation, restoration, maintenance and monitoring.
Hensler Nursery, Inc.
5715 N. 750 East, Hamlet, IN 46532
Tel. 574-867-4192, Fax: 574-867-4960
Wholesale nursery; product includes native trees & shrubs.
Jasper-Pulaski State Tree Nursery
15508 W. 700 North, Medaryville, IN 47957
Tel. 219-843-4827, Fax: 219-843-6671
98% native plant material. Tree and shrubs seedlings for conservation plantings available to Indiana residents only.
Possibility Place Nursery
7548 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee, IL 60449
100% native plant material. Possibility Place Nursery has been growing native perennial forbs, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees for 37 years. They collect about 98 percent of their woody plant seed within 150 miles of the nursery. Forbs and grass seed are either collected by staff or purchased from local purveyors. All plants are grown in a system to encourage fibrous roots which dramatically enhance survivability for the end user. Website has additional information.
Naturally Native Nursery
20525 Johnson Road
South Bend, IN 46614
100% native organic plants/no neonics. With 14 years in business in the Toledo area they have recently relocated to South Bend to continue growing and providing native plants for landscaping and restoration. Promoting wildlife habitat, they offer one free milkweed plant with every purchase. They carry over 250 species of grasses, forbs, trees, shrubs, vines and seed available for sale for woodlands, wetlands, savannas and prairies. Plants may be ordered online for shipping or available at local farmer’s markets or by appointment April-November.
P.O. Box 2176
Kankakee, IL 60901
Indiana State Museum Gift Shop
650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204
Selling native plant seed packets harvested from the native plants growing in the gardens between the ISM and the Eiteljorg. Seeds are picked and packaged by volunteers under the direction of Dan Anderson and sold at the ISM gift shop beginning in late March and early April, at a cost of $1 per packet. These are individual species, not mixtures. For more information, contact Dan Anderson at email@example.com.
Mark M. Holeman, Inc.
7871 Hague Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Tel. 317-849-3120, Fax: 317-578-0439
40% native plant material. Retail nursery; product includes prairie, woodland, wetland plants, native grasses, trees & shrubs. Services include residential and commercial landscape design, installation, maintenance.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Tel. 317-920-2652, Fax: 317-920-2672
Retail nursery; native and non-native plants available; many native species may be viewed growing on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Native Plants Unlimited LLC
13600 Connor Knoll Parkway, Fishers, IN 46038
100% native plant material. Seasonal plant sale with over 120 species every year. Buy as few or as many as you like, in any combination. Please visit our website for plant sale location and hours and opportunities for advance ordering. Subscribe to our website for early notification of our sale. Special orders and inquiries welcomed to make your project a success. Genotypes mostly local to Indiana, but if customers need a specific genotype they should let George know in advance.
Spence Restoration Nursery
2220 East Fuson Road, Muncie IN 47302
Tel. 765-286-7154, Fax: 765-286-0264
100% native plant material. Wholesale only nursery. Products include 95% source-identified Indiana genotype seeds and herbaceous plants for prairie, wetland, and woodland understory. Free installation specifications available at our website.
The Land Nursery
513 Sharon Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906
90% native plant material. Product includes woodland plants, trees & shrubs. Walter Beineke, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, and consultant on hardwood plantation establishment and management. Mail-order catalog available. Seed is collected from native specimens in the Lafayette area. He has about 30 species of trees and shrubs and 33 species of mostly woodland wildflowers.
120 E 161st Street, Westfield, Indiana 46074
50% native plant material. Offers a large assortment of seeds, plants and garden supplies. We carry the largest assortment of garden seeds in Indiana with over 150 tomato varieties. We grow over 100 open-pollinated varieties of vegetables on our farm locally and offer fresh produce from local farmers. Our local retail location also offers a selection of homesteading supplies, beer brewing, hydroponics, and seasonal items.
Water Resources Design, Inc.
551 Teton Trail, Indianapolis IN 46217
100% native plant material. Product includes wetland plants. Services include backyard wildlife, pond and wetland design.
Winterhaven Wildflowers & Native Plant Preserve
5724 South 900 West, West Point, IN 47992
Contact Reni Winter, 765-714-4288
Indiana native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, tree seedlings. Dig your own or buy potted. Seeds, dried flowers, and grasses. Grown outdoors in former tallgrass prairie soil. Weather-hardy. Specializes in Monarch and Swallowtail butterfly habitat plants. Also does native landscaping consulting with a focus on urban prairies and pollinator playgrounds.
Woody Warehouse Nursery, Inc.
3216 West 850 North, Lizton, IN 46149
Most product is native hardwood trees and shrubs. More than 80 varieties available. Largely grown from seed collected by hand from stands of native trees in the region. Retail sales by appointment only.
SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA
2700 E Covenanter Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
100% native, with emphasis on providing Indiana genotype and making more local genotypes available each year. A wide selection of perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, trees and shrubs. Open 9-4 on select Saturdays through the growing season. Please visit our website for details.
7092 North Shilo Road
Unionville, IN 47468
Native ferns (and other greenhouse produce) can be purchased at 3 Bloomington farmer’s markets and 1 market in Beanblossom.
Stranger’s Hill Organics
7480 North Howard Road
Bloomington, IN, 47404
100% native plant material. Most species are sourced from Indiana, some from Illinois, about 10% from other Midwest states. We offer a large selection of native prairie, woodland, and aquatic plants, all grown organically! If you are interested in buying plants direct from us at our farm, contact Dave Rollo at 812-272-2207.
Dropseed Native Plant Nursery
1205 S. Buckeye Lane
Goshen, KY 40026
100% native plant material. All local genotypes. Dropseed is a wholesale and retail nursery. Hours are by appointment and on scheduled weekends in the spring and fall. Dropseed staff offer design and planning of natural areas restoration and home landscapes. We also install and maintain native landscapes.
5081 Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Earthly Goods Ltd.
521 East Market Street, New Albany , IN 47150
50–60% native plant material. Purveyors of wildflower seeds, herb seeds, grass seeds and wildflower seed mixtures; customers may place orders with on-line form at web site. Custom seed packets available upon request, also local genotypes on request.
2782 West 540 South, Vallonia, IN 47281
Tel. 812-358-3621, Fax: 812-358-9033
98% native plant material (all except Norway spruce are native). Product includes trees & shrubs, available to Indiana landowners only. Genotypes local to Indiana and Midwest.
OTHER NATIVE PLANT SOURCES
Many companies outside Indiana provide native plants either at their location or by mail order. Several national websites contain more comprehensive lists of sources.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a location search as well as a species name search by location.
US EPA, Green Landscaping Site provides lots of information about landscaping with native plants. Clicking on “Great Lakes Native Plants” takes you to a page of resources for Midwest native plants.
PlantNative, a clearinghouse of native plant resources, provides search capability for nursery plants by state as well as a regional plant list finder.
Native Plant Bibliography, provided by the Ohio State University Extension Office, lists vendors and mail order companies for the Midwest as well as other resources.
Increasing the Supply of Native Plants
One powerful way to increase the supply of native plants in the industry is to ask your retailer to stock them.
Show the manager our plant list or brochure, and tell the manager about INPAWS. If retailers become aware that customers are looking for native plants, they are more likely to stock them.