Thank you for supporting the Biosphere through our 5th annual Native Plant Fundraiser!

Step 1

Select the plant species that are right for you. Review the list below or download a copy.

Step 2

Submit your plant order and payment online through the form below. The order deadline is 5:00pm Friday May 28th, 2021.

Step 3

All plants will be available for pick-up on Saturday, June 12th, 2021.

There are two pick up locations available, you will select one when completing the order form.

  • The Biosphere office 125 William Street, Parry Sound
  • The Township of Georgian Bay Municipal Office, 99 Lone Pine Road, Port Severn

Once you have placed your order, we will be in touch BY EMAIL with pick up details. Pick up instructions will be emailed to you between June 1-4. You will be assigned a 10-minute pick up time at the location that you selected.

Native Plant Information

These plants are from a small-scale nursery in Omemee called Grow Wild, who specialize in native plants for restoration projects and native plant gardens.

Plants are grown from seeds collected from local indigenous plants to ensure high survival rates. When these native plants grow in suitable habitat they thrive because they are genetically adapted to the conditions. Only a small percentage of seeds are collected, but from many plants within a population to ensure high genetic diversity.

Not all plants are put under grow lights in the spring as they would be at large-scale operations, and many fall blooming plants may not be out of dormancy at the time of pick up. These plants will be smaller at purchase.

These plants are perennials and are already one or more years old, not seedlings from this year. Despite plant size, the root stock will be viable.

Woodland Plants (Perennial)

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensisApril – JuneWhite7 to 30 cmMoist to Wet, Sand, Loam, ClayShade
Blue-stem goldenrodSolidago caesiaAug – OctYellow30 to 90 cmDry to Normal, Loam, HumusShade to Part Shade
Blue Violet

Viola sororiaApril – JuneBlue – Purple7 to 20 cmNormal to Moist, Sand, Clay, LoamSun to Part Shade
Ostrich fernMatteuccia struthiopterisNo FlowerNone20 to 50 cmMoist to Wet, Loam, HumusPart Sun, Shade, Sun
White trilliumTrillium grandiflorumApril – JuneWhite30 to 60 cmMoist, Humus-rich, Sandy LoamSun, Part Shade, Shade
Wild blue lupineLupinus perennisApril – JuneBlue – Purple30 to 90 cmDry, SandySun, Part Shade
Wild geraniumGeranium maculatumApril – JuneWhite, Pink Purple30 to 90 cmRich, AcidicPart Shade, Shade
Wild gingerAsarum canadenseApril – JuneRed – Brown10 to 30 cmMoist, Rich, pH of 6 to 7Part Shade, Shade
Zig-zag goldenrodSolidago flexicaulisAug – OctYellow30 to 100 cmMoist, Sand, Loam, Humus, AcidicShade to Part Shade

Meadow Plants (Perennials)

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
Black eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaJune – AugYellow30 – 50 cmDry to Moist, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Blue vervainVerbena hastataJune – AugBlue – Purple60 – 180 cmNormal to Wet, Clay, Loam, SandSun to Part Shade
Common milkweedAsclepias syriacaJune – AugPink60 – 120 cmDry to Normal, Sand, Loam, ClaySun
Dense blazing star Liatris spicataJune – AugPurple30 – 180 cmMoist, Sand, LoamSun
Flat-topped aster Doellingeria umbellataAug – OctWhite60 – 200 cmNormal to WetSun
Foxglove beardtongue Penstemon digitalisAug – OctWhite30 – 100 cmDry to Moist, Clay, Sand, Loam, AcidicSun to Part Shade
Golden Alexander Zizia aureaApril – JuneYellow30 – 75 cmDry to Wet, Clay, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Heath aster Symphyotrichum ericoidesAug – OctWhite30 – 90 cmDry to Moist, Sand, Clay, Loam, HumusSun
New England aster          Symphyotrichum novae-angliaeAug – OctPurple90 – 210 cmDry to Moist, Sand, Clay, LoamSun to Part Shade
Wild bergamot Monarda fistulosaAug – OctPurple60 – 120 cmDry to Moist, Sand, Clay, Loam, HumusSun
Wild columbine Aquilegia canadensisApril – JuneRed 30 – 90 cmDry to Moist, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Wild strawberry Frageria virginianaApril – JuneWhite5 – 25 cmDry to Normal, Clay, SandSun to Part Shade

Meadow Plants (Grass)

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
Big bluestem Andropogon gerardiiAug – OctBlue – Purple90 – 250 cmNormal to Moist, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Canada wild rye Elymus canadensisAug – OctGreen – Brown90 – 150 cmDry to Moist, Clay, SandSun, Part Shade, Shade
Indian grass Sorghastrum nutansApril – JuneBrown – Red90 – 240 cmDry to Moist, Sand, Clay, LoamSun to Part Shade

Shoreline Plants (Perennials)

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
Blue flag irisIris versicolorApril – JuneBlue – Purple60 – 90 cmMoist, WetSun to Part Shade
BonesetEupatorium perfoliatumAug – OctWhite60 – 160 cmWet to Moist, Clay, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Cardinal flowerLobelia cardinalisJune – AugRed60 – 120 cmNormal to Wet, Loam, HumusSun to Part Shade
FireweedChamaenerion angustifoliumJune – AugPink60 – 180 cmDry to Moist, Sand, LoamSun
Great blue lobelia Lobelia siphiliticaApril – JuneBlue – Purple30 – 120 cmNormal to Wet, Loam, HumusSun to Part Shade
 Red osier dogwood
(Shrub)
Cornus stoloniferaApril – JuneWhite1.5 – 4 mNormal to Wet, Clay, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Spotted Joe-pye weed Eutrochium maculatumJune – AugPink60 – 180 cmNormal to Wet, Clay, Sand, Loam, HumusSun to Part Shade
Swamp milkweedAsclepias incarnataJune – AugPink30 – 150 cmNormal to Wet, Clay, Sand, Loam, Humus Moist to Wet, Clay, LoamSun
Tall meadowrue Thalictrum pubescensJune – AugWhite60 – 200 cmMoist, Loam, AcidicPart Shade
White turtleheadChelone glabraAug – OctWhite30 – 90 cmMoist to Wet, AcidicShade, Part Shade, Sun

Trees

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
White birch
(Deciduous)
Betula papyriferaApril – MayYellow, Green, Brown20 – 30 mMoist, Fertile, CoolSun, Part Shade, Shade
Eastern tamarack
(Coniferous)
Larix laricinaMar – AprilYellow, Green, Brown20 – 30 mWet, AcidicSun, Shade
Red maple
(Deciduous)
Acer rubrumApril – JuneRed12 – 25 mMoist to Wet, Loam, HumusShade, Part Shade, Sun
Sugar maple
(Deciduous)
Acer saccharumApril – JuneYellow-Green20 – 35 mNormal to Moist, Sand, Loam, HumusShade, Part Shade, Sun
White spruce
(Coniferous)
Picea glaucaApril – JuneRed20 – 30 mNormal to Moist, Sand, Clay, LoamSun to Part Shade
Yellow birch
(Deciduous)
Betula alleghaniensisApril – JuneGreen15 – 25 mMoist to Wet, LoamPart Shade to Shade

Shrubs

Common NameLatin NameBloom TimeBloom ColourHeightSoilLight
Black chokeberryAronia melanocarpaApril – JuneWhite1 – 4 mMoist, AcidicPart Shade
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalisAug – OctWhite1 – 3.5 mMoist to Wet, Clay, Sand, LoamSun to Shade
American elderberry Sambucus canadensisMay – JuneWhite1 – 4 mMoist to Wet, Sand, Clay, LoamSun to Part Shade
Ninebark Physocarpus opulifoliusJune – AugWhite1 – 11 mMoist to DrySun, Part Shade, Shade
Meadowsweet Spiraea albaApril – JuneWhite2 – 3 mDry to Moist, Sand, LoamSun to Part Shade
Nannyberry Viburnum lentagoApril – JuneWhite4 – 7 mDry to Moist, Sand, Loam, ClaySun to Part Shade