Native Ranges & Hardiness Zones
- Plants will grow outside of their native range, as long as the growing conditions and the temperatures are aligned with the plant requirements.
- Hardiness zones and native ranges are two separate methods, and both of them speak to the temperate conditions of a location. Choose to use either, one or the other.
A plant’s native range is the region where the plant has a historic presence and is known to grow naturally. When browsing for plants on our website, use the “Native Range” filter to find plants that are native in your State. Each native plant page on our website includes a Range Map which shows the species distribution at a county level. These maps are an excellent reference for restoration landscaping. It is not necessary to acheive pinpoint accuracy. Native plants will and do grow outside of these boundaries.
Many gardeners are familiar with the USDA Hardiness Zone designations, and we've included "Zones" as a filtering option on our website. Hardiness Zones represent geographical areas of the United States defined by the average minimum winter temperatures.
Get the full benefits and beauty from native plants! Create a sustainable garden that flourishes without additional resources, for years to come when you choose plants that are well suited to the growing conditions at your location.