Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)

Native Alternatives

Planting Guides and Local Sources

Many plants originally introduced for use in ornamental landscapes have since become invasive. To address these challenges, the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network recommends this planting guide. Partners developed the list of recommended and prohibited plants based on scientific evidence, collective experience managing natural areas across the region, and with input from the city of Ann Arbor's invasive plant list and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Native plant lists

Some local and regional nurseries sources for native plants and seeds are listed below

Remember to ask for natives— increased demand will lead to increased supply. 

Local Native Plant/Garden Groups 

native honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis) is an understory shrub
(image credit: Sigrid Resh) native honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis) is an understory shrub
native bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a spring ephemeral
(image credit: Sigrid Resh) native bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a spring ephemeral