New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Native Plants of Pennsylvania – Links and Plant Lists

New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

This list of resources includes free downloadable PDFs and links to websites on native plants and particularly native plants of Pennsylvania. I also have a list of books on native plants and ecological gardening on In Season.

iConservePA is a web site managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, whose vision is to inspire citizens to value their natural resources, engage in conservation practices and experience the outdoors.

Plant Communities of Pennsylvania (PA Plant communities -pdf)
A downloadable booklet explaining the plant communities of forest, herbaceous openings and wetlands of Pennsylvania.

Native Plants of Philadelphia (pdf)
Two downloadable pdfs of Philadelphia native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges and rushes. These are the booklets I hand out in my presentations.

Parts, types and positions of tree leaves – diagram

Functions of different parts of a tree – diagram

Common Trees of Pa
Facts sheets on 57 native, and 5 introduced trees of Pennsylvania.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve – New Hope, PA

USDA Plants Database
A comprehensive database which provides information and photos of over 400,000 native, non-native and invasive plants.

Gardening and Landscaping with Native Plants

Landscaping with Native Plants in PA

Places to Buy Native Plants in PA

RedBud Native Plant Nursery, Glen Mills, PA
This nursery carries only plants that are native to the  mid-atlantic region.

Recommended Street Tree List from Fairmount Park Department
There are several native trees on this list. I have reworked the list and removed the non-natives.

Caring for a Newly Planted Tree – Fairmount Park

Search for Pennsylvania Native Plants
Create a custom list of plants for your garden conditions

Pennsylvania Native Plant Society

Native Plant Society of New Jersey

Delaware Native Plant Society

Maryland Native Plant Society

Plant-Bird Database – Pennsylvania Audubon
Which plant naturally attracts which bird? Choose a plant or a bird and receive a list of bird and plant interactions.

Society for Ecological Restoration International – Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Invasive Plants

Invasive Plants in Philadelphia County

Invasive plants of Pa

Invasive Species Info – USDA


  1. Do you guys have like a place i can go to get 25 picturees of plants native to Pennsylvania, I need the pictures for my class project for Honors Biololgy. Please Helppp!

    • Hi Caterina

      A good place for PA native plant photos is the USDA Plants Database. Take a list of plants (like the lists on this blog) and search by common name or scientific name. Most of the photos on the site are public domain-copyright free but some are under copyright. But, you can use the photos for educational purposes (like your project) and not worry about copyright. Just remember to give credit where credit is due and include the name of the photographer and where you got the photo. Good luck and I hope your project turns out well. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Donna

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