Virginia Native Plant Guides
Update May 31, 2023:
Print edition orders placed starting May 31, 2023 will not be shipped until the week of June 12, 2023.
A growing number of regional native plant guides are available that highlight the beautiful variety of Virginia’s native plants!
Each of these full-color guides shown below highlight 100 or so species of flowering perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, shrubs and trees with a photo, description, symbols for light and moisture requirements and wildlife value (butterfly, caterpillar, bird), and interesting facts. Indices list hundreds of additional species. The guides include sections on conservation landscaping; right plants for right places such as natives for dry or wet shade; native plant demonstration gardens; invasive non-natives of particular concern in the region and native alternatives; and, additional resources about native plants and landscaping with native plants.
The guides in Virginia’s coastal regions were published by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program with grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)*, as part of regional native plant marketing campaigns to build demand and supply of Virginia’s natives. These multi-partner public campaigns focus on increasing the use of regional natives in all landscapes for their many environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits. The campaigns are partnering with local providers on point of sale marketing, such as signage and plant tags, to make it easier for consumers to identify plants as native to the region.
The Virginia Native Plant Society is a partner in all the campaigns, and is committed to helping keep these guides in print and in the hands of homeowners.
Learn more at PlantVirginiaNatives.org.
* VNPS and other partners in some of the coastal region campaigns have received permission from the Virginia CZM Program and NOAA to begin selling their regional guides to help fund reprints. A separately funded effort produced the guide for the Northern Piedmont (Charlottesville) region since it was outside Virginia’s coastal region and not eligible for the NOAA funding.
Native Plants of Accomack and Northampton
Campaign: Plant ES Natives
Region: Accomack and Northampton counties
First Published: December, 2009
Current Edition: August, 2013; 41 pages
PDF Version: Free
Native Plants for Central Rappahannock Virginia
Campaign: Plant Central Rapp Natives
Region: Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and City of Fredericksburg
First Published: April, 2017
Current Edition: December 2019; 45 pages
PDF Version: Free | Print Version $9.00
Native Plants of the Northern Neck
Campaign: Plant NNK Natives
Region: Counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland.
First Published: June 2013
Current Edition: March 2022; 51 pages.
PDF Version: Free | Print Version: $8.00
Native Plants for Northern Virginia
Campaign: Plant NOVA Natives
Region: Counties of Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax and cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Manassas.
First Published: September 2014
Current Edition: April 2022; 68 pages.
PDF Version: Free | Print Version: $9.00
Native Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region
Campaign: Plant RVA Natives
Region: City of Richmond, and counties of Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan, Goochland, Cumberland, and Amelia.
First Published: November 2018
Current Edition: May, 2020; 70 pages.
PDF Version: Free | Print Version: $9.00
Native Plants for Southeast Virginia
Campaign: Plant HR Natives (to be launched)
Region: Cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Poquoson, Newport News, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Emporia and counties of Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Isle of Wight, James City, York, Greensville (eastern side) and Gloucester.
First Published: October 2016
Current Edition: June 2017; 69 pages.
PDF Version: Free | Print version $9.00
Piedmont Native Plants: A Guide for Landscapes and Gardens
Campaign: Plant Northern Piedmont Natives (to be launched)
Region: City of Charlottesville and counties of Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Greene, Louisa, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson and Buckingham.
First Published: 2015
Current Edition: December 2019; 127 pages.
PDF Version: Free | Print version: $15.00
Plant Ridge & Valley Natives
Campaign: Plant Ridge & Valley Natives
Region: Counties of Augusta, Alleghany, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Rockbridge, Shenandoah, and Warren.
First Published: May 2023
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PDF Version (12MB): Free | Print version: $15.00
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