Your Yard Can Make a Difference!


Native Perennials

Our YNPN plants have Great Lakes, Michigan, Washtenaw, or Ypsilanti genotypes. Over 90 flowering plants range from the dainty Allium cernuum, or nodding onion, to the giant Silphium laciniatum or compass plant, which can live for over a century. Whether your conditions are sunny, shady, wet, or dry, we can provide native plants that will enhance your yard and offer food, shelter, and host plants for insects and birds. Check our plant lists for spring 2019 under "Available Plants and How to Get Them."

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Ornamental Perennial Grasses

We offer 19 native grasses and sedges. Grasses are host plants for many butterflies, provide architectural and winter interest, can "frame" flowering plants, and add multisensory appeal with motion, texture, and sound. The beauty of grasses ranges from the late-summer purple mist of Eragrostis spectabilis, or purple love grass, pictured above at a YNPN-designed Ypsilanti butterfly garden, to the bronze beauty of Sorghastrum nutans,

or Indian grass.

About Ypsilanti Native Plant Nursery

Our state-licensed nursery specializes in rain garden species appropriate for Washtenaw County, as well as plants for sun, shade, and drier conditions. All of our plants are propagated at our nursery from seed from local and ecoregional native seed producers or local seed sustainably wild-harvested. Contact: