Native Plant Profiles

Get information on how to make your favorite native plants thrive in your bird-friendly garden.

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Phlox: A Sweet Addition To Any Woodland Garden
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Phlox: A Sweet Addition To Any Woodland Garden

Plant Eastern Blue Phlox for an evergreen ground cover that adds a burst of spring color to your garden, a sweet fragrance, and attracts hummingbirds.

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Plant spicebush, give a bird one more day!
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Plant spicebush, give a bird one more day!

The Spicebush is among our Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year for 2015. Find this and other plants at your local participating retailer.

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Vines Make for Happy Hummers
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Vines Make for Happy Hummers

Vines are self-filling hummingbird feeders! Plant them in your bird-friendly backyard.

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Winterberry – Irresistible to Birds AND People
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Winterberry – Irresistible to Birds AND People

Not only will the winterberries delight human neighbors every fall and winter, they will attract and feed a variety of birds.

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Happy Hummers Get Wild for White Flowers
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Happy Hummers Get Wild for White Flowers

With its white blossoms, Virginia Sweetspire might not look like a hummingbird magnet, but you can bet it is!

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Plant Beautyberry for Birds
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Plant Beautyberry for Birds

Plant an American beautyberry, and you WILL get a Black-throated Blue Warbler in your yard.

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Cardinal Flower: A Hummingbird Magnet
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Cardinal Flower: A Hummingbird Magnet

Attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to your yard with this bird-friendly native plant now available with participating retailers.

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Sweetbay Magnolia: Adding Life to Your Garden
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Sweetbay Magnolia: Adding Life to Your Garden

The Sweetbay Magnolia is among our Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year for 2016. Find this and other plants at your local participating retailer.

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A River Birch Oasis
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A River Birch Oasis

If you have space to plant just one tree to feed your birds, you can’t go wrong with the River Birch, one of our 2016 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year.

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Enjoy A Living Bird Feeder with Little Bluestem
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Enjoy A Living Bird Feeder with Little Bluestem

Planting Little Bluestem in your yard is like planting a living bird feeder. Learn more about this plant featured on our 2016 Bird-Friendly Native Plant of the Year list.

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Blackgum Trees for Big Variety
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Blackgum Trees for Big Variety

Who doesn’t love Blackgum? Thrushes, mimids, woodpeckers, tanagers, and waxwings all flock to this bird-friendly tree from August through October to vie over its berry-like stone fruits.

A Little Sign Goes a Long Way
Bird-Friendly Communities

A Little Sign Goes a Long Way

Adding a "Plants for Birds" sign to your native plant garden will help spread the word to your friends and neighbors that your community is bird-friendly!

A Star Plant to Attract Big-beaked Birds
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

A Star Plant to Attract Big-beaked Birds

Flowers like the Star Tickseed make for excellent backyard bird watching.

Nectar for Hummingbirds: The Sweet Azalea
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Nectar for Hummingbirds: The Sweet Azalea

Sweet Azalea is a particularly important food source for our local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Announcing the 2017 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

2017 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

A garden filled with an assortment of flowers, shrubs, and trees will attract a wider variety of birds and important insects for years to come.

Bringing Nature to North Carolina
Bird-Friendly Communities

Bringing Nature to North Carolina

Read a special interview with Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home".

What monsters are lurking in your yard?
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

What monsters are lurking in your yard?

This Halloween, go on an invasive plant hunt and eliminate these nasty plants from your yard.

Meet the 2018 Bird-Friendly Dirty Dozen
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Meet the 2018 Bird-Friendly Dirty Dozen

Meet your Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year for 2018!

Elect The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year
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Elect The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

Help finalize our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list by casting your vote! Our native plant experts have complied a list of NC native plant candidates, and now it’s up to YOU to vote for the winners.

Plant Fringe Tree for Three-Season Appeal
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Plant Fringe Tree for Three-Season Appeal

Plant a Fringe Tree to have a three-season stunner in your bird-friendly backyard.

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