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Research: Native Plants

BIC Native Gardens

Michigan Native Plants are:

  • Flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs that have lived in Michigan since before European settlement.
  • Easy to grow, maintain, and require little watering after established and no fertilizing
  • Provide beautiful, colorful plants that reflect Michigan’s rich natural heritage
  • Encourage biodiversity by providing native pollinators like monarch butterflies and seed eaters such as American Goldfinches and Cardinals with food and shelter
  • Provide important sources of genetic diversity for wild populations of plants
  • Help reduce global warming by sequestering carbon through their extensive root system which returns carbon to the soil.

Native Plant Sale

Beautify your garden with easily maintained native plants! Over 75 varieties of native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses are propogated in our greenhouses and are available for sale. The Native Plant Sale is held annually on the first Saturday in May. Click here to find out more.