Native Pollinator Plants

Recommended Native Plants

This is a list of suggested plants native to the Atlantic southeast. Most of the plants listed can be found in all three regions of North Carolina. This list is not intended to be comprehensive and only highlights a selection of plants that many nurseries and gardens centers are likely to carry. For more comprehensive lists of native plants, see links to additional resources below including NCWF’s suggested North Carolina regional native plant list.

You can also purchase NCWF's custom Butterfly Highway seed packets, which include the seeds of up to seven native plants that support pollinators and other wildlife!

Trees and Shrubs

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Black cherry (Prunus serotina)
Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)
Laurel cherry (Prunus caroliniana)
Oaks (Quercus spp.)
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Pine (Pinus spp.)
Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Spruce (Picea spp.)
Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)

Perennial and Annual Flowers

Asters (Symphyotrichum spp.)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
Spotted Beebalm (Monarda punctata)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Tickseed (Coreopsis spp.)

Order Your Butterfly Highway Sign

Put up a Butterfly Highway sign to show off your amazing pollinator pitstop and start the conversation in your community about helping pollinators and conserving wildlife habitat.

Get Your Native Seed Packets

One packet of native seeds provides as many as 7 different kinds of native flowering plants for monarchs and other pollinators, creating up to 25 square feet of habitat. The seed variety includes purple coneflowers, milkweed, black-eyed Susans, and more!