Recommended Sources for Native Plants

At the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we refer to conservation-oriented practices, such as propagating native plants from seed or cuttings (as opposed to collecting them from the wild), as conservation through propagation.

Conservation through propagation helps you and the environment by:

  • Supporting and encouraging ethical nursery growers
  • Assisting in the survival of native species in the wild by discouraging collection in our natural areas
  • Enhancing your garden with the beauty of nursery-propagated native plants that are more likely to survive than transplants from the wild

For straight species (rather than cultivars), we also recommend using plants grown from seed over clonal material when feasible and, ideally, seed of the same ecotype as the region where the plants will ultimately be planted. Here at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we have on-site plant sales from March through November, where we offer a rotating selection of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees native to the southeastern U.S. We also recommend the following nurseries as additional sources for southeastern native plants and encourage people to check out their local farmers markets, which often include native plants, too. If you live outside our region, we recommend that you seek out advice from the wildflower or native plant society in your state. This list is is by no means complete or static, so we try to update it annually. If you have questions, comments, or recommended additions, contact our director of horticulture, Daniel Stern, at dstern@unc.edu or 919-962-2411.

Above the Briery, LLC
2107 Wolf Lane
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-258-0916
abovethebriery.com
Southeastern native plants; pickup / delivery only

Bring Back the Butterflies
525 Walnut Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 999-2453
localplants.org
Annual and perennial herbaceous plants including many southeastern natives

Campbell Family Nursery
3613 Harmony Highway
Harmony, NC 28634
704-775-2425
facebook.com/Campbellfamilynursery
Herbaceous perennials and shrubs including many southeastern natives

Carolina Heritage Native Plants
6607 Sadler Rd.
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 877-6934
facebook.com/CarolinaHeritageNativePlants
Offering native plants for the lower Piedmont of North Carolina. Visit by appointment only.

Carolina Native Nursery
1126 Prices Creek Rd.
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-682-1471
carolinanativenursery.com
Retail and wholesale
Southeastern native trees and shrubs

Carolina Wild
314 Camelia Dr.
Anderson, SC 29625
864-261-0659
carolinawild.com
Southeastern native shrubs, vines and herbaceous perennials

Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc.
217 Clear Ridge Rd.
Union Bridge, MD 21791
clearridgenursery.com
Retail and wholesale by appointment
Native trees and shrubs

Cure Nursery
880 Buteo Ridge Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-542-6186
curenursery.com
Wholesale & retail by appointment
Southeastern Native and wetland trees & shrubs

Deep Roots Natives
3666 Guess Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
984-329-7412
deeprootsnatives.com
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees

Dirtbag Gardens, LLC
Shawna Joplin & Kurt Frega
1111 Dawson Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-869-4152
dirtbaggardens.com
North Carolina natives and tropical houseplants

Dutch Buffalo Farm
1000 Jay Shambley Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-428-6768
dutchbuffalofarm.com
Southeastern native plants, trees, and shrubs

Edible Yards Nursery
402 Harkers Island Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
252-725-5831
edibleyardsnursery.com
Edible plants and southeastern native perennials

Elderberry Creek Farm and Nursery
4524 River Ridge Rd.
Pfafftown, NC 27040
336-408-1222
elderberrycreeknursery.com
Southeastern natives and non-invasive edibles

Elk Mountain Nursery
PO Box 3
Alexander, NC 28701
828-683-9330
elk-mountain.com
Southeastern native perennials, shrubs, and trees

Emerald Earth Botanicals
122 Hardin Rd.
Topton, NC 28781
828-321-1651
emeraldearthbotanicals.com
Organically grown, southeastern natives

Ernst Conservation Seeds
9006 Mercer Pike
Meadville, PA 16335
800-873-3321
ernstseed.com
Native seeds

Euchee Meadows Nursery
3101 Armstrong Ferry Rd.
Decatur, TN 37322
425-598-9211
eucheemeadows.com
Wholesale plugs of southeastern native forbs, grasses and sedges

Field to Cottage Nursery
12405 Norwood Rd.
Raleigh, NC, 27613
fieldtocottage.com
fieldtocottage@gmail.com
919-888-1651
Southeastern native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. By appointment only.

For the Birds & the Bees
506 Dawn St.
Kannapolis, NC 28081
704-609-0440
forthebirdsandthebees.com
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials and shrubs. By appointment only.

Gary’s Nursery
680 Crump Farm Rd.
New Bern, NC 28563
252-637-6858
garysnursery.com
North Carolina native palms

Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co., Inc.
4087 Bunton Swaim Rd.
Liberty, NC 27298
800-543-7537
gilmoreplantandbulbco.com
Wholesale only. Field and container grown trees & shrubs including some southeastern natives

Growing Wild Nursery
1455 Arthur Teague Rd.
Siler City, NC 27344
919-200-2677
growingwildnursery.com
Southeastern native plants available by mail-order or local pickup

Guilford Garden Center
701 Milner Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27410
336-299-1535
guilfordgardencenter.com
Wide assortment of garden plants including many southeastern natives

Habitat Assessment and Restoration Professionals
1421 US Highway 64 West
Lexington, NC 27295
336-646-3672
habitatassessment.com
Southeastern native plant nursery (by appointment only) and large scale restoration

Hanging Dog Valley Nursery
2600 Boiling Springs Rd.
Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-7921
strawn@webworkz.com
Wholesale only
Woody plants

Haw Honey Nursery
5959 Andover Dr.
Graham, NC 27253
615-319-5502
hawhoney.com
Southeastern native pollinator plants and shady woodland plants

Hoffman Nursery
5520 Bahama Rd.
Rougemont, NC 27572
919-479-6620
hoffmannursery.com
Wholesale only
Grasses, sedges, and rushes including many southeastern natives

Lumber River Native Plants
7000 Livingston Rd., PO Box 42
Gibson, NC 28343
336-601-8787
facebook.com/lumberrivernativeplants
Southeastern native wetland plants, wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs

Mail-Order Natives
PO Box 9366
Lee, FL 32059
850-973-0585
mailordernatives.com
Southeastern native plants

Meadowflower Farms
10352 Hwy 211 East
Aberdeen, NC 28315
910-634-0404
meadowflowerfarms.com
Pollinator and drought resistant perennials (including many southeastern natives)

Mellow Marsh Farm
1312 Woody Store Rd.
Siler City, NC 27344
919-742-1200
mellowmarshfarm.com
Wholesale plants and seeds
Southeastern natives, all grown from seed collected within 200 miles

Mountain Gardens
546 Shuford Creek Rd.
Burnsville, NC 28714
828-675-5664
mountaingardensherbs.com
Medicinal plants including many southeastern native species

M R Gardens
441 Onteora Blvd.
Asheville, NC
828-333-4151
mrgardens.net
Herbaceous perennials including many southeastern native species

Native Roots Nursery
571 Moseley Ave.
Clinton, NC 28328
910-385-8385
nativerootsnursery.com
Wholesale only. Southeastern native trees, shrubs and grasses

Natural Selections Nursery
268 Herron Cover Rd.
Weaverville, NC 28787
828-707-2972
naturalselectionsnursery.com
Herbaceous perennials and ferns of the Southern Appalachians

Nearly Native Nursery
776 McBride Rd.
Fayetteville, GA 30215
770-460-6284
nearlynativenursery.com
Native plants and seeds

North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
388 North Creek Rd.
Landenberg, PA 19350
877-ECO-PLUG
northcreeknurseries.com
Perennials, ferns, grasses, vines that are native to the eastern U.S.

Overhill Gardens
1404 Citico Rd.
Vonore, TN 37885
423-925-2288
overhillgardens.com
Shrubs, grasses, ferns, trees, and wildflowers that are native to the eastern U.S.

P & T’s Native Plants
Serving Apex, Cary and Morrisville
ptnativeplants.com
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials; periodic plant sale events only

Painters Greenhouse
734 Roy Moore Road/State Rd. 1104
Old Fort, NC 28762
828-668-7225
paintersgreenhouse.com
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials, ferns, aquatics, shrubs & trees

Pine Ridge Gardens
PO Box 200
London, AR 72847
479-293-4359
pineridgegardens.com
Catalog $5/3-yr subscription
Southeastern native plants

Red Root Native Nursery
P.O. Box 550
Weaverville, NC 28787
828-545-0565
redrootnatives.com
Native shrubs and perennials of southern Appalachian woodlands

Ross Farms Perennial Nursery
9424 Community House Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28277
704-543-6388
rossperennialfarm.com
Herbaceous perennials including many southeastern native species

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery
316 Surrett Cove Rd.
Leicester, NC 28748
828-683-2014
sandymushherbs.com
Wide variety of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees including many southeastern natives

Saturnia Farms
3521 Broad St.
Clyde, NC 28721
269-578-6906
staurniafarm.com
By appointment or on open house days only. Herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees including many southeastern natives

Sorrell’s Lawn Care and Nursery
1731 Turlington Rd.
Dunn, NC 28334
252-286-5358
facebook.com/sorrellsnursery
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees

Sylva Native Nursery &Seed Co.
3815 Roser Rd.
Glen Rock, PA 17327
717-227-0486
sylvanative.com
Wholesale only. Mid-Atlantic native plants & seeds

Taylor’s Nursery
3705 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610
919-231-6161
taylorsnursery.com
Herbaceous perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines including several southeastern natives

Thomas Nursery
461 Wilson Newby Rd.
McMinnville, TN 37110
931-808-4141
thomasnurserytrees.com
Wholesale only. Shrubs and trees including many southeastern natives

Uwharrie Mountain Native Plant Farm (sales by email request only)
508 East Main St.
Biscoe, NC 27209
910-975-2373
facebook.com/uwharriemountainnatives
uwharrienatives@yahoo.com
Southeastern native herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees

Wetland Plants, Inc.
3067 Conners Dr.
Edenton, NC 27932
252-482-5707
coastalplainnursery.com
Native herbaceous wetland plants of the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia

Wildbud Natives
600 Mill Creek Rd.
Marshall, NC 29753
828-206-1853
wildbudnatives.org
Wholesale and by appointment only. Southeastern native grasses, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees

Willow Creek Nursery
279 Hobson Branch
Weaverville, NC 28787
828-777-3503
ashevilleperennials.com
Primarily wholesale, appointment only. Ferns, grasses and herbaceous perennials including many southeastern natives.

Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery
1097 Beaver Creek Road NW
Floyd, VA 24091
215-272-1843
woodthrushnatives.com
Mail-order retail. Nursery visits by appointment or from 1-5 Wed, Sat, Sun from April – Oct. Plants that are native to Appalachia

Woodlanders, Inc
1128 Colleton Ave.
Aiken, SC 29801
803-648-7522
woodlanders.net
Uncommon native and non-native plants

Yemma Farm
241 Fred Powell Rd.
Whiteville, NC 28472
919-412-1848
yemmafarm.com
Southeastern native pollinator plants