Web Resources:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, an excellent searchable database of the Native Plant Information Network. offers a wildflower identification tool to identify a flower by color, size and other characteristics.

Native Plants of Tennessee website. Tennessee Smart Yards site provides photos and growing information for Tennessee?s native plants.

East Tennessee Wildflowers has more than 700 wildflowers from Tennessee.  The “Search All Galleries” page has the flowers listed by blooming season, location (woodland or roadsides), and color.  They are listed by families within the galleries.

Native Plant Network, an exhaustive database of native plant propagation protocols including information from other native plant propagators on seed and vegetative propagation strategies.

Selecting Plants for Pollinators for the Eastern Broadleaf Forest region [Tennessee Valley],  A guide from the Pollinator Partnership / North American Pollinator Partnership.

Native Plants for Georgia, a series of downloadable guides to native trees, shrubs, woody vines, ferns, and grasses complied by the University of Georgia Athens Extension.  (The link is for the first part of the series)

Missouri Botanical Garden website.  Detailed information about plants and includes a pronunciation feature if you want to learn the botanical names of plants.

North American Butterfly Association.  Information about the Butterfly Habitat Program.

The Xerces Society. Website all about butterflies and moths and how loss of habitat, pesticides and herbicides are endangering insects.

Journey North.  Journey North is a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Join as a citizen scientist and report online the migration of Monarchs, hummingbirds, etc.).

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Organization dedicated to the preservation of pollinators. There are free planting guides for the trees, shrubs and plants recommended for our Eastern Broadleaf Forest location.  Click here for the page where you can enter your zip code and download a free planting guide for your area.

Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, a variety of downloadable resources about landscaping with the native plants of Tennessee, as well as landscape alternatives for invasive plants.

A printable list of pesticides containing harmful neonicitinoids.

The All Season Pocket Guide to Identifying Common Tennessee Trees. UT Extension.

What to Plant from Bringing Nature Home University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy.

Most states have designated a state wildflower:
Tennessee: Passion flower and the Tennessee coneflower
Georgia:  Native azaleas collectively  
North Carolina: Carolina lily

Wild Ones national website provides a variety of native plant educational resources.


Tennessee Conservationist Magazine. Published by the Tennessee Department of Environment &  Conservation.  (The link will take you to instructions for subscribing.)

Book and Publication List:

Bringing Nature Home ? How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press. (2009)

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy, Timber Press. (2014)

Wildflowers of Tennessee and the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians. Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart.  The Official Field Guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society. (2005)

Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden.  Larry Mellichamp, Timber Press. (2014)

Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.  Margie Hunter, University of Tennessee Press. (2002)

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia (Southern Gateways Guide). Timothy Spira, University of North Carolina Press. (2011)

Wildflowers of Tennessee. Jack B. Carman, Highland Rim Press. (2001)

100 East-to-Grow Native Plants: For American Gardens in Temperate Zones.  Lorraine Johnson and Andrew Leyerle. (1999)

Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.  Catherine Zimmerman.  Matrix Media Press. (2010)

Native Trees of the Southeast: An Identification Guide. L. Katherine Kirkman, Donald J. Leopold, and Claud L. Brown. Timber Press, Inc. (2007)

Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.  James H. Miller, Karl V. Miller and Ted Bodner. (2005)

Organic Gardeners Design School: A Guide for Creating Your Own Beautiful, Easy-Care Garden (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book). Ann Lovejoy.  (2004)

The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. William Cullina,  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (2000)

A Field Guide to Wildflowers.  Roger Tory Petersen & Margaret McKenny.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.(1998)

Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.  Richard M. Smith, University of Tennessee Press. (1998)

Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: When and Where to Find Them. Carlos C. Campbell, Aaron J. Sharp, Robert W. Hutson, and William F. Hutson. (1996)

The Southern Gardener?s Book of Lists: The Best Plants for all Your Needs, Wants and Whims. Lois Trigg Chaplain.  Taylor Trade Publishing. (1994)

Gardening with Native Plants of the South.  Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski, Taylor Trade Publishing. (1994)

Landscaping with Wildflowers. William H.W. Wilson.  Mariner Books. (1993)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (Eastern Region). National Audubon Society.

Growing and Propagating Native Showy Woody Plants. Richard E. Bir.  University of North Carolina Press. (1992)

Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Winter Guide. Ron Lance. (2004)

Haws. A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern United States.  Ron Lance. (2014)

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.  The Xerces Society and Dr. Maria Spivak. (2011)

Gaia?s Garden.  A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway.  Chelsea Green Publishing.(2009)

Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers. Harry R. Phillips. (1985)

Tennessee Weeds. (Bulletin / Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Tennessee).  J.K. Underwood. (1965 publication)

Natural History: Stories from the Tennessee Valley (Outdoor Tennessee Series). Lin Bales.


Many of the books listed above can be found on Amazon although some may no longer be published. Some publications are online and the hypertext link is provided.  There is a possibility internet file locations will change, so feel free to notify us if the link is broken.