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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Building Better Communities for Birds
Bird-Friendly Communities

Building Better Communities for Birds

The Bird-Friendly Communities program was intended to create projects in the places that people live to ensure that birds are always among us.

700 Bird-Friendly Native Plants for North Carolina
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

700 Bird-Friendly Native Plants for North Carolina

The list now includes every North Carolina species that appears in Dr. Larry Mellichamp’s “Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden,” as well as all North Carolina Botanical Garden “Wildflower of the Year” plants!

A Native Plants Garden That Brings Birds, Pollinators, and Parishioners Together
Bird-Friendly Communities

A Native Plants Garden That Brings Birds, Pollinators, and Parishioners Together

The partnership between Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and St. Eugene Catholic Church in Asheville, North Carolina, is just one example of the chapter's work in the community.

Governor's Western Residence Blooms
Bird-Friendly Communities

Governor's Western Residence Blooms

After the bird-friendly garden in Raleigh was revealed last fall, the First Lady and Governor invited Audubon to refresh to Governor's Western Residence in Asheville!

Boone Bird Garden Groundbreaking and Celebration
Bird-Friendly Communities

Boone Bird Garden Groundbreaking and Celebration

This project transforms a school courtyard into a colorful garden full of plants that will produce flowers, seeds, and berries that will in turn attract birds and other pollinators.

We’re Nuts About These Bird-Friendly Native Plants
Bird-Friendly Communities

We’re Nuts About These Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Nuts and seeds are a very important source of fat for birds as they help keep their skin and feathers healthy. Check out these four species from our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list!

Sweeten Up Your Backyard With These Native Nectar Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Sweeten Up Your Backyard With These Native Nectar Plants

Nectar is a sweet treat that provides essential nutrients for one of our most recognizable backyard birds - the hummingbird! Find the best native nectar-producing plants for birds here.

These Bird-Friendly Native Plants are Berry Special
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

These Bird-Friendly Native Plants are Berry Special

Berries are so important to birds. Check out these top four types of bountiful berry plants on our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list!

New Hope Audubon’s Guide to a Bird-Friendly Backyard
Bird-Friendly Communities

New Hope Audubon’s Guide to a Bird-Friendly Backyard

Through their Bird-Friendly Habitat Certification Program, New Hope Audubon Society (NHAS) is working to restore native habitats by helping residents in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties take steps to make their property bird-friendlier.

Brightening the Greensboro Bog Garden
Bird-Friendly Communities

Brightening the Greensboro Bog Garden

Members of the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society in Greensboro are removing exotic, invasive plants at the local public “Bog Garden” at Benjamin Park—and replacing them with bird-friendly native species.

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