Native Plants of North Dakota

Native Plants of North Dakota

From grasslands to wetlands to forests, North Dakota has a wide variety of natural landscapes. To say the diversity of native plants in North Dakota is impressive would be an understatement; tallgrass prairie areas alone include over 200 plant species! Plant diversity across the state is an important part of our environmental health.

You can grow many of North Dakota’s native plants in your own garden in Bismarck. Not only do they look great, but they’re fairly simple to care for. Native planting arrangements in your garden will lower your watering requirements since native plants are accustomed to average precipitation levels. Also, because the plants are happy in the local climate, they’ll come back again year after year. You can select a variety of plants with bloom times throughout the season, so your garden has beautiful color from the beginning of spring right until the fall. Having a diverse garden full of native flowers will also support local wildlife—including bees, butterflies, and birds.

Top 5 Favorite North Dakota Native Plants

Native plants add effortless beauty to your landscape, year after year. We carry all of these plants and more at our garden center in Bismarck.

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)

The yellow petals and dark brown centers of Black Eyed Susans make them a classic native prairie plant. They are perennials that will seed themselves if not deadheaded towards fall. They like full sun to partial shade and are drought tolerant. In the summer they attract all sorts of pollinators and butterflies, and in the winter the seed-heads attract birds. They are also deer resistant. Black Eyed Susans bloom between June and October.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow decorates your landscape with flat-topped clusters of colorful blooms on long, elegant stems. Yarrow flowers also have a light but lovely fragrance. This perennial makes an excellent cut flower, and works great for massing in the landscape. Yarrow blooms from July to September.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Known for its medicinal properties, Coneflower (or Echinacea) is a popular remedy for colds. Its' lilac-toned drooping petals and maroon seed heads are also excellent options for adding soft color and interesting shapes to the landscape. While wild coneflowers tend to be purple only, there are some newer cultivars available in exciting neon shades that still have many of the low-maintenance properties of their parent plant.

Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

Pollinators love the tubular flowers of this lovely native perennial. With long flower spikes erupting from dark green foliage, penstemon makes a gorgeous impact wherever it's planted. It's also naturally deer resistant, so it's great for adding beauty to yards with low fences or no fencing at all. Penstemon flowers in June and July.

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)

A member of the sunflower family, blanket flowers look like ultra-colorful daisies that quickly "blanket" your landscape in blooms. Blanket flowers get their scientific name after M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, a French magistrate and botanist who believed they resembled the brightly patterned flowers he noticed on Native American embroidered blankets. The petals of blanket flowers are typically multi-toned blends of orange, yellow, and red.

Our garden center carries a range of native plants that are best suited for your area. Bismarck is in Plant Hardiness Zone 4a (-30 to -25F), so keep that in mind when shopping for your plants. Ask the growers at our garden center if they have the plants mentioned above, or for advice on which plants would be best suited for your garden.

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