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Native Plants

Native plants are the plants found in, and characteristic of Michigan Natural Communities prior to European settlement. Native plants have evolved and adapted to local conditions over thousands of years, and provide critical habitat to wildlife that evolved with them.

Oakland County Parks & Recreation, along with other departments, are working to foster native plants throughout our parks system in an effort to restore ecological function with our remnant natural communities. We are currently combating unwanted invasive species through prescribed fire and mechanical removal in an effort to stimulate native seed banks and prepare sites for native plantings.

Local growers

The following growers specialize in Michigan native genotype plants:

The following growers specialize in Oakland County native genotype plants:

Oakland Wildflower Farm

American Roots (Contact Trish Henning at 248-627-8525)

Additional Links

MSU Extension-Oakland Native & Invasives Page

Springfield Township, Michigan, Native Vegetation Enhancement Project from the Environmental Protection Agency

Native Plants and Riparian Buffer Resources from the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office

Michigan Native Plant Producers Association

USDA PLANTS National Database


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