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Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Complete List of 400 Bird-Friendly Native Plants for North Carolina

This list of 400 recommended bird-friendly native plants serve as a guide for everyone interested in choosing plants that help birds thrive alongside people.
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Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Complete List of 400 Bird-Friendly Native Plants for North Carolina

This list of 400 recommended bird-friendly native plants serve as a guide for everyone interested in choosing plants that help birds thrive alongside people.

Audubon North Carolina is proud to provide a list of 400 recommended bird-friendly native plants to serve as a guide for everyone interested in choosing plants that help birds thrive alongside people. This list benefits diverse audiences including landscape architects specifying thousands of plants for a commercial site, developers deciding what trees to retain, and homeowners planting a bird-friendly garden. 

The Audubon North Carolina Bird-Friendly Communities Implementation Team, led by Lisa Lofland Gould and Susan Andrews, both of Winston-Salem, developed this list for the benefit of birders, gardeners and native plant enthusiasts across North Carolina.

Plant Size

This guide to choosing bird-friendly native plants includes information on height and width of the plant at maturity, light and soil requirements, and when to expect flowers, fruit and seeds. With this information, anyone can grow plants benefitting birds across all four seasons. 

What the list IS

  • Plants native to North Carolina (according to Weakley 2012: Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States)
  • Plants that can be cultivated in North Carolina
  • Plants that benefit birds or other wildlife, especially pollinators, directly
  • Plants that vary in availability from widely available at retail nurseries to available only as pass-alongs from gardeners 
  • A work in progress! Please send feedback to Kim Brand at kbrand@audubon.org.

What the list is NOT

This is not a comprehensive list of all native plants in North Carolina. The absence of a plant on the list does not mean it isn’t native to our state, nor does it mean the plant does not benefit birds or other wildlife. 

Funding for this project was provided in part through an Urban & Community Forestry Grant from the North Carolina Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Region.

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