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 Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area created a native plant species list specific to the UP and northern MI, MN, and WI. Use this list to determine if the plants you want to buy will support our native insects, birds, and other glorious members of our native food web. Due to accessibility issues, we cannot post the native plant species document. Email KISMA.up@gmail.com if you would like a copy.

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 Planting Guides

Guide to restoring natural areas

Guide to landscaping with natives

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