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 the forest, herbaceous openings, and wetlands of Pennsylvania.
Native Plants of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania
Identifying Pennsylvania Trees
Functions of different parts of a tree – diagram
Common Trees of Pa
Facts sheets on 57 natives, 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.
Books on Native Plants for Pennsylvania, the MidAtlantic, and the Northeast – links to Amazon.com
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded by Doug Tallamy – this book started it all. Professor Tallamy explains the scientific reasons insects need native plants to support the ecosystem. Professor Tallamy focuses on native (indigenous) trees. Don’t miss this one.
Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation by Donald Leopold – my favorite book on native plants. I refer to it often.
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather N. Holm
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.
Philly Tree Profiles
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 in Philadelphia County
Invasive plants of Pa
Invasive Species Info – USDA