Plant Resources

Tips and references for planting native plants, controlling invasive species, and managing prescribed burns.

Why Native Plants

Virginia Working Landscapes is dedicated to promoting the conservation of native biodiversity.

But you may ask…

What is ‘native’? Native to where… local, regional? Why are native plants important? What happens as species start disappearing?

We are continuously working to answer these questions through the sharing of resources, research, and information.

For now, here is a great article by our collaborators at the Virginia Native Plant Society addressing the question, why native plants?

VWL Resources

Meadow Restoration: Where to Begin

This handout provides landowners who are interested in establishing a native meadow on their property with helpful tips and resources.

Suggested Species List for Meadow Plantings, Northern Virginia

This is a comprehensive list of species that we recommend for use in native meadow plantings in the 16-county region surrounding Shenandoah National Park.

Grassland Plants of Virginia

This pamphlet provides tips on how to protect natural and semi-natural grasslands, and presents an overview of 10 native grassland plants in Northern Virginia.

Live Staking Guide

Live staking is a low-cost, easy way to establish woody shrubs onto your property by cutting stems from established trees and inserting them directly into the ground.

2022 TEDx Talk | “A Wilder Way: How Plants Can Guide Our Future” by Charlotte Lorick

Watch Conservationist and Naturalist Charlotte Lorick’s TEDx talk about how paying closer attention to plants in our local environment can lead to profound ecological benefits

Resources from Other Agencies and Organizations

Service Providers, Seed, and Native Plant Nurseries List

Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (VDGIF)

Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Factsheets

Invasive Plant Species of Virginia

USDA Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide

Prescribed Burn Management

Prescribed burns are an ideal management tool for keeping grasslands and old fields in early successional states.  These early successional states provide the right mixture of plant species diversity and plant density to support many grassland wildlife species such as quail and sparrow species.

Beyond the Bonfire: A Primer on Prescribed Fire for Virginia’s Private Landowners

Prescribed Burn Resources


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