Native Plant List for the Perkiomen Creek Watershed

Native plants grow well with little maintenance because they are adapted to this area.  They provide food and cover for other native species, attracting butterflies, birds and beneficial insects.  Use this list as a resource for planting a rain garden, stormwater basin, or anywhere on your property.  Make sure you thoroughly research each species in order to select the best plants for your site.

 

Grasses

Scientific name           

Agrostis alba
Panicum virgatum 
Elymus virginicus 
Schizachyrium scoparium
Sorghastrum nutans
Puccinelia distans  
Poa palustris
Agrostis perennans
Chasmanthium latifolium 
Andropogon virginicus
Andropogon gerardii
Solidago flexicaulis
Bouteloua curtipendula
Juncus effuses
Juncus tenuis
Carex stricta 

Common name

Redtop
Switchgrass
Virginia Wildrye, PA ecotyp
Little Bluestem
Indiangrass
Alkaligrass
Fowl Bluegrass 
Autumn Bentgrass
Broadleaf Uniola/Indian Woodoats
Broomsedge
Big Bluestem
Goldenrod
Sideoats grama
Soft Rush
Path Rush
Tussock Sedge

 

 

Wildflowers

Aster divaricatus
Aster novi-belgii 
Eupatorium purpureum
Rudbeckia hirta 
Echinacea purpurea
Chelone glabra
Chelone lyonii  
Packera aurea
Coreopsis tinctoria  
Coreopsis verticillata 
Lobelia siphilitica  
Lobelia cardinalis  
Osmunda cinnamomea 
Osmunda regalis  
Helenium autumnale
Penstemon digitalis  
Caltha palustris
Begonia cucullata   
Vernonia noveboracensis  
Liatris pycnostachya
Aquilegia canadensis  
Hypericum fasciculatum
Hibiscus moscheutos 
Hibiscus coccineus
Asclepias incarnata  
Asclepias tuberosa
Helianthus augustifolius  
Asarum canadense
Tiarella cordifolia  
Geranium maculatum  
Monarda didyma  
Mondarda fistulosa  
Mimulus ringens
Heuchera sanguinea    

White Wood Aster
New York Aster
Purple Joe Pye Weed
Black-Eyed Susan
Purple Coneflower
White Turtlehead
Pink Turtlehead
Golden Ragwort
Plains Coreopsis
Threadleaf Tickseed
Blue Lobelia
Cardinal Flower
Cinnamon Fern
Royal Fern
Sneezeweed
Beardtongue
Marsh Marigold
Clubbed Begonia
New York Ironweed
Prairie Blazing Star
Red Columbine
St. John’s Wort
Rose Mallow
Scarlet Rose Mallow/Swamp Hibiscus
Swamp Milkweed
Butterfly weed
Swamp Sunflower
Wild Ginger
Foamflower
Wild Geranium
Bee Balm
Wild Bergamot
Monkey flower
Coral Bells/Alumroot

 

 

Shrubs

Amelanchier arborea
Cornus florida
Cornus sericea
Cornus racemosa
Cornus amomum
Linden benzoin
Hamamelis virginiana
Myrica pennsylvanica
Vaccinium corymbosum
Dirca palustris
Viburnum recognitum
Viburnum dentatum
Kalmia latifolia
Sambucus canadensis
Callicarpa americana
Aesculus parviflora
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Ilex verticillata
Ilex glabra
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hibiscus syriacus
Clethra alnifolia
Itea virginica
Myrica cerifer
Aronia melanocarpa
Aronia arbutifolia

Serviceberry
Flowering Dogwood
Red Osier Dogwood
Gray Dogwood/Swamp Dogwood
Silky Dogwood
Spicebush
Witchhazel
Northern Bayberry
Highbush Blueberry
Leatherwood
Northern Arrowwood
Southern Arrowwood
Mountain Laurel
Elderberry
American Beautyberry
Bottlebrush Buckeye
Buttonbush
Common Winterberry/Winterberry Holly
Inkberry Holly
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Rose of Sharon
Summersweet Clethra
Virginia Sweetspire
Wax Myrtle
Black Chokeberry
Red Chokeberry

 

Trees

Acer rubrum
Acer saccharum
Acer saccharinum
Acer pensylvanicum
Acer negundo
Quercus palustris

Quercus bicolor 
Quercus rubra
Quercus velutina
Quercus phellos
Platanus occidentalis
Cercis canadensis
Fagus grandifolia
Iva frutescens
Amelanchier canadensis
Carya ovata
Carya glabra
Nyssa sylvatica
Liquidambar styraciflua
Magnolia virginiana
Betula nigra
Betula alleghaniensis
Betula lenta
Taxodium distichum
Lagerstroemia indica
Chionanthus virginicus
Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Fraxinus americana 
Carpinus caroliniana
Celtis occidentalis

 

Red Maple
Sugar Maple
Silver Maple
Striped Maple
Box Elder
Pin Oak
Swamp White Oak
Red Oak
Black Oak
Willow Oak
Sycamore
Eastern Redbud
American Beech
Marsh Elder
Shadbush Serviceberry
Shagbark Hickory
Sweet Pignut Hickory
Black Gum
Sweetgum
Sweetbay Magnolia
River Birch
Yellow Birch
Sweet Birch
Bald Cypress
Crape Myrtle
Fringe Tree
Green Ash (*Emerald Ash Borer is plaguing ash trees!)
White Ash
Musclewood/American Hornbeam
Common Hackberry