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Native Plants Attractive to Wildlife

Use this interactive database to help you select the native plants that will attract the wildlife species you want to have in your landscape. It will also help you choose plants that will grow under the environmental conditions you have identified throughout your landscape. The growing conditions of native plants in the database are based on typical locations in the wild but some species may perform well on sites in urban areas that fall outside of these site parameters. For example, bald cypress grows in swampy areas in the wild but also grows well on dry, compacted soils in urban landscapes. The search fields below will help you select the right grouping of plants to meet your objectives.

Common Name
Scientific Name
Plant Type
Location *
Light Requirement
Soil Moisture
Leaves
Wildlife Value
Bloom Period**
Fruit/Seed Availability**
Deer Resistant***
 

*   Locations are included for the purist landscaper that wishes only to plant a species in the general region in which it is found growing in the wild. Locations are specific to the Carolinas and are based primarily on Radford, A. E., H. E. Ahles, and C. R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

**  Winter = November-March; Early Spring = March-April; Spring = April-May; Summer = June-July; Late Summer = August-September; Fall = September-October. Blooming and fruiting dates based primarily on Radford, A. E., H. E. Ahles, and C. R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

*** Deer resistance is based on rankings from a variety of sources. Deer use of specific plants will vary with local habitat conditions and seasonally, so use this information only as a general rule of thumb.

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