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 the forest, herbaceous openings, and wetlands of Pennsylvania.


Flora of Pennsylvania

Plants by type, habitat, and a botanical dictionary.


Native Plants of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania


Identifying Pennsylvania Trees


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

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.

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape by Tony Dove

Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants by Heather N. Holm

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


Invasive Plants

Invasive Species Info – USDA


  1. You should add (WEB ADDRESS REMOVED BY THIS WEBSITE) to your link list. They’re a non-profit with a comprehensive list of PA native plants with pictures and identifying info!

    • Hi, Derek – Thanks for the info. I looked at the website, and the pages were full of stock text and stock photos. Perhaps, when they are up and running, I can add them to the list. I removed the web address from your comment so this blog’s readers wouldn’t go there needlessly.

  2. 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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