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Follow the links below to find out more about your favorite native Michigan plants and related topics and also a list of Michigan native vendors. Some are downloadable PDFs.
WORC Chapter’s Recommended Resources
An in-depth book list compiled by the WORC Chapter Education Committee that includes:
• a description of each book
• beginner or advanced level
• number of copies at Grand Rapids Public Library
• number of copies at Kent District Library
• download site/comments
50 Plant Species Common to southern Lower Michigan (a starting point)
NATIVE PLANT FINDERS
Audubon Native Plant Finder (enter zip code to do a search of native plants in your area and the birds attracted to them)
National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder (BETA) (enter zip code to do a search of native plants and the butterflies attracted to them based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy)
Michigan Spring Woodland Wildflowers
PRAIRIE SEEDLING GUIDES
NATIVARS (cultivars of natives)
Nativars-Statement from National Wild Ones
How Effective are Nativars? video with Doug Tallamy
INSECTS & POLLINATION
NATIVE PLANT SPECIES INFORMATION (More to be added)
“Seed Library” at Kent District Library
Do you have extra native seeds to share? The Kent District Library staff is very excited to accept native seeds from Wild OnesRiver City Chapter (WORC) members to make available to their patrons through their seed exchange. If you have extra seeds that you are willing to share, you can drop seeds off at any Kent District Library location (but not at Grand Rapids library locations).
The seed should be within an enclosed container (bag, envelope, etc.), labeled with name of species (common name and scientific), and limited planting instructions (wet/dry soil type, sun/shade). You can include brief germination instructions such as “stratification required.”
Provide your name and contact info in case library staff have questions for you. Please state that you are a member of WORC. Library staff will repackage the seeds in their own packets and put the planting info in a catalog for patrons to consult.
Download a PDF with a list of native species that are considered easy to germinate and a form that you can fill out to use with your seed.