Native Haunts Plant List
as of September 3, 2021.
-We will be adding new plants here and there in 2021 as they become available.
-Not all of our plants are seed grown; some are grown out from cuttings and root pieces.
-The nursery is open by appointment only.
-Plants can be picked up at any time through our self-serve
curb-side stand after a pre-arranged date, time, and payment are discussed.
Shrubbery and Trees
- Amelanchier canadensis, Shadbush
- Small tree/large shrub; produces numbers of bright white flowers in the early spring before much else
is going on; birds have a feast on the red berries that come out later in the summer;
attractive smooth gray bark; does best in part sun, rich loamy soils with ample moisture.
2 gal size, "16"-18" tall on avg, well branched, $20.00
- Aronia melanocarpa, Black chokeberry
- Highly adaptable shrub, growing in both saturated wetlands and bone dry sandy soils,
tends to remain more compact in the latter; tart berries are loaded with beneficial phytochemicals;
dark colored anthers contrast against bright white flower petals.
12"-24" high, $18.00
- Cephalanthus occidentalis, Button bush
- Grows in wetland areas full sun to nearly full shade, masses of spherical flower clusters attract a stunning
number of pollinators, particularly attractive to large butterflies like Fritillaries and Yellow swallowtails; does quite well
in upland soils but needs good amount of shade and organic rich soils.
Only smaller, 1 gal size available right now, $10.00
- Comptonia peregrina, Sweet fern
- It's not a fern and it's not sweet, but it's a really wonderful pioneering plant capable of growing in sandy poor soils.
Attractive leaves have a spicy minty scent when crushed. A friend of ours, Elder Ron, says that a tincture of the leaves
will keep mosquitoes away. Nitrogen fixing bacteria reside in root nodules; these help parent plants and also adds nitrogen to the
soil for future plant establishment. Spreading colonies stabilize soils. Another good choice for hell strips.
1-2 gal size $14.00
- Diervilla lonicera, Bush honeysuckle
- Native low growing species of honeysuckle, found in shade to sun, but almost always dry poor soils
(who hasn't got those conditions in at least a few places on their property?); attractive yellow flowers turn orange
after they are pollinated.
12"-24" ft high, $14.00
- Hamamelis virginiana, Witch hazel
- Tall multi-stemmed understory shrub of deciduous forests;
leaves have been used for centuries as a powerful astringent;
crepe paper like pastel yellow flowers come in late fall,
often lasting until snow fall.
1-2 gal, 6"-8" high $18.00
- Juniperus virginiana, Eastern red cedar
- Medium sized conifer tolerant of poor sandy and salty soils; found growing on the coastline
here in southern Maine, the further south you go the more common it becomes inland; full sun.
1-2 gal size, 12" tall; $12.00
- Lindera benzoin, Spicebush
- Splendid medium to large shrub of shady forest wetlands, at the northern end of its range here in southern Maine,
its starting to pop up more and more (are we getting better at noticing it or is the range extending northward?),
bright little yellow flowers cover the branches in early spring, scarlet red berries in September are relished by birds,
male and female plants, THESE PLANTS ARE UN-SEXED; delicate greenish blue leaves have that distinctive spicy sweet smell
when rubbed or crushed; host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly; grows well in loamy garden soils with shade.
2-3 gal size, 12"-14" high; $18.00
- Prunus maritima, Beach plum
- Dune dwelling shrub of the Atlantic coast; tolerates the salty sandy bare bones beach sand
and thrives in garden loam; provides food for many animal species; prolific bloomers- excellent
pollinator plant in the spring and lots of critters feed on the plums in the fall;
plums make delicious jams and jellies; needs full sun; anything less stunts growth.
2-3 gal size, 12"-14" high; $18.00
- Prunus pumila, Sand cherry
- Suckering colonial shrub that tolerates a variety of challenging soil types including poor, excessively drained
soils. Nice spreading ground cover over time for those tough spots that we may typically plant some non-native juniper in.
Covered in a profusion of small white flowers in early spring. Small plum like fruits appear in August. Like so many natives
this should better known and more widely available...give it a try.
NOT SEED GROWN
2 gal pot size, $20.00
- Rhododendron viscosum, Clammy or swamp azalea
- Native azalea growing in swamps and along lake shores, tolerates some shade, but not constantly; like so many of our wetland species this plant
adapts well to upland garden soils, albeit growing a bit smaller, extra organic matter is appreciated to retain and moderate moisture levels; delicate
white flowers emerge in the spring; true to its namesake the leaves and flowers are covered in sticky viscous glands.
2gal size, 18" tall; $20.00
- Rosa virginiana, Virginia rose
- Native rose species tolerant of sandy, salty, poor soils, salt spray from ocean; this is a good native replacement
for that ubiquitous beach rose; doesn't form those impenetrable hedges that beach rose does; amiable to loamy, better
garden soils too; good choice for those "hell strip areas" right next to the road that get sand, salt, soil compaction
and beatings from the snow plow.
1 gal size, +/- 10" high, $10.00 (MORE AVAILABLE IN THE SPRING)
- Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry
- Likes sun to part shade, loamy soils with good moisture retention; flowers attract lots of pollinators and berries
feed lots of birds; elderberry has a very impressive list of health and nutritive benefits that have been utilized for
centuries including proven protection against colds and flu; a suckering cane-type shrub that will form small colonies.
2-3 ft high, $15.00 (SOLD OUT at the moment, MORE COMING IN THE SPRING)
- Salix bebbiana, Beaked willow
- Shrub or small tree of moist to wet places including wet ditches, swamps, and wetlands, often found growing with other willow species;
fast growing multi-stem species capable of forming large colonies; great plant for stabilizing any matter of lake or stream shore from erosion;
leaves are hairy and pale green on the under side. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched
chicks in the spring when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium. According to Wikipedia; "This is the most important species of
diamond willow, a type of willow which produces fine, colorful wood used for carving."
24" tall plants. large stems and well branched; $20.00
- Salix discolor, Pussy willow
- This classic harbinger of spring, the pussy willow, is pleased to grow in a variety of soil types and moisture regimes;
the fuzzy pussy cat toes that emerge in March are the developing flower clusters that will serve the reproductive needs of
the species. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched chicks in the spring
when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium.
1 gal size, rooted cuttings, $12.00
- Spiraea tomentosum, Meadowsweet
- Typically associated with wetland meadow areas, but will grow well in upland soils; full to part sun.
Spikes of frothy pink flowers attract lots of pollinators; fuzzy light green leaves; looks great planted in patches/drifts.
MAINE GROWN from LOCAL SEED
1-2gal size 12"+ tall; 14.00
- Vaccinium angustifolium, Low bush blueberry
- Tolerates sun and shade, poor dry acidic soils. Spreads over large areas in time producing those delicious sweet blueberries.
Good early spring bee plant.
NOT grown from seed. This species is most often propagated using rhizome pieces.
1-2gal size 12"+ tall; 14.00
- Asclepias incarnata, Swamp milkweed
- Sensuous and showy purple flowers attractive to a variety of pollinators; grows on wetland and river edges
in full sun to part shade; adapts well to upland garden conditions, staying shorter then it would be in
wetter areas. Grown organically from seed by Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.
2 gal size, $14.00 (SOLD OUT for THIS YEAR)
- Geranium maculatum, Cranesbill. Wild Geranium
- An ecotonal species, liking the area at the forest field edge or in a forested glade. Likes the shade but not too much,
likes a bit of sun, but only glances. Light pastel pink flowers come out mid-spring. Seeds have a unique dispersal mechanism where
they are catapulted away from the mother plant. Tend to naturalize in areas where they are happy,
These plants are not seed grown; they were propagated by breaking off root fragments, and growing them out.
1-2 gallon sized, $12.00
- Monarda fistulosa, Wild bergamot
- This versatile member of the mint family grows across much of North America in full sun to part shade sporting
unique pinkish to purple flowers attractive to many pollinators. Grown organically from seed by Ripley Farm in
1-2gal size, $12.00 (SOLD OUT for THIS YEAR)
- Schizachyrium scoparium, Little bluestem grass
- Clump forming grass species that tolerates poor, well drained, dry soils; grass stems come in a variety of colors from
blue to green to red; excellent plant for the full sun section of your garden, plant in groups for maximum effect; excessive
organic matter and moisture tend to make them sickly looking.
1-2gal size, $15.00
- Spartina alterniflora, Smooth or saltwater cordgrass
- Grows in salt marshes and coastal shores from Newfoundland to Texas. Stabilizes tidally flooded areas with its thick mat of roots.
Well rooted plugs, $3.00 each
How to order plants
You can get your plants in a number of convenient ways. We can ship you plants via United Parcel Service (UPS) if you live far away. We can deliver your plants to you if you live near-by (There is a minimum order requirement or delivery fee added on if you live more then 1/2 hour away). You can stop by and chat, browse our selection and pick out your plants at the nursery, but please call ahead, as we do not have regular hours.
E-mail (email@example.com) us with the plants that you would like, I will respond promptly with plant availability. I find this system works well because it avoids the disappointment of sending in for a plant you really, really want, only to find out a couple weeks later when the order comes in that it is out of stock. E-mailing me with your request is like taking a ticket at the deli counter- it ensures your place in line and gets you the plants you want.
Mail in your order. Print out the Native Haunts Plant Order Form (in PDF format), fill out and mail.
Call in your order: 1-207-604-8655.
Shipping and Handling Costs
This is based on each individual order. For a rough estimate, figure on about 20% of the total order.
Minimum shipping charge of $15.00
We accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards.
Paypal and payment by check is accepted.
Good old fashioned cash works too, but for pick-up only.
Nomenclature, or naming, follows Flora Novae Angliae, 2011 by Arthur Haines and the New England Wildflower Society. Synonyms, abbreviated syn, are included when appropriate for previous names that folks may be more familiar with. Of course, these are the same plants, but with new names to try and learn. Botanists love to change names around on us, but it is usually for good reason. Although botanical reshuffling has happened since the time of Linneaus, now-a-days it's due to new findings at the molecular level which reveals relationships that may not have been so obvious using traditional classification systems.
Last updated on September 3, 2021.