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North Dakota Native Plants, State Flowers & State Bird

Native plants are adaptable, low-maintenance, and beautiful. They are the best choice for habitat-friendly gardens and thriving ecosystems. Find top picks for native plants in your state - and learn about your state bird and state flowers! 

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Hello native plant enthusiasts! In the list below, you will find popular native plants and wildflower seeds, available from American Meadows, that have a native distribution in your state. You’ll also find information about your state bird, state flower, and state wildflower!

About Our Native Plant Lists For Each State

  • The links will take you to a single plant or seed selection for the plant listed -- but in many cases, we offer multiple cultivars for each plant, and we may offer both seeds and potted plants to grow the plant on your list. This list is a work in progress as we expand our native plant educational resources. 
  • The list for your state is a great place for getting started with native plants - but it is by no means a comprehensive listing of the hundreds of native plants growing in each state. 

North Dakota State Bird, State Flower & State Wildflower

North  Dakota State Flower and Bird

Western Meadowlark ~ Sturnella neglecta
The Western Meadowlark differs from the eastern variety by being paler in the streaked brown of the upper plumage and having a narrower black breast crescent. Bright yellow spreads over the cheeks and colors the underparts of the bird. This popular bird is valued as a destroyer of harmful insects and weed seeds. Called the “Lark of the West,” he has strong legs and large feet, and makes good use of them by spending many hours each day walking through meadows and open fields in search of food.

Wild Prairie Rose ~ Rosa blanda
The Wild Prairie Rose, with stems from six to fifteen feet long, climbs over walls and fences. It also grows in the open as a bus, with the stems flowing upright for half their length, and then arching downward. Its flowers grow in a loose cluster, with more buds opening as the earlier blossoms fade. Prairie Roses are deep pink when they open, and change to white in full bloom. The Prairie Rose has underground stems, called rootstocks, which spread widely, running about a foot below the ground. With intervals between them, new shoots grow up providing a new Rosebush for the world’s enjoyment.

From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992:

North Dakota State Flower and Bird
North Dakota Wildflower - Wild Flax. Art from the 50-stamp series, State Birds and Flowers, issued April 14, 1982 simultaneously in all state capitals.

About Native Plants

  • Native plants are essential for healthy ecosystems and habitat. They have evolved over time with local wildlife and climate conditions. Many pollinators have special relationships with native plants that they rely on for survival. For instance, some bees are specialists and require nectar and pollen from specific native plants to survive; and butterflies and moths often have specific host plants needed to nourish their caterpillars. For example, Asclepias (Milkweed or Butterfly Weed) is the host plant required for Monarch caterpillars to survive and grow into Monarch Butterflies!
  • It’s OK to grow native plants in your yard that may not be native to your state or region. Remember – just because a plant is not native, does not necessarily mean that it is invasive or harmful. In fact, growing well-behaved introduced plants that are suited to your growing conditions can still provide many benefits to your yard (especially when compared to a traditional turf lawn).  
  • Know before you grow – It's always a good idea to learn what plants are native, well-behaved, and invasive or aggressive in your region before digging in.
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