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Iowa Recommended

Commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Iowa. Visit our Suppliers Directory to locate businesses that sell native plants or seeds or provide professional landscape or consulting services in this state. Visit the Organizations Directory to locate native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations in this state.

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Cornus obliquaSilky dogwood
Pale dogwood
Swamp dogwood
Coreopsis palmataStiff tickseed
Stiff coreopsis
Finger coreopsis
Cornus racemosaGray dogwood
Cornus sericeaRed osier dogwood
Red osier
Red-twig dogwood
Crataegus crus-galliCockspur hawthorn
Cockspur thorn
Newcastle hawthorn
Newcastle thorn
Hog apple
Crataegus mollisDowny hawthorn
White thorn
Scarlet hawthorn
Scarlet haw
Red haw
Downy thorn
Desmodium canadenseShowy tick trefoil
Dicentra cucullariaDutchman's breeches
Diervilla loniceraNorthern bush honeysuckle
Northern bush-honeysuckle
Dirca palustrisEastern leatherwood
Western leatherwood
Dodecatheon meadiaEastern shooting star
Shooting star
Pride of Ohio
Prairie pointers
Dryopteris cristataCrested woodfern
Crested wood fern
Buckler fern
Echinacea angustifoliaBlack Samson
Black Samson echinacea
Narrow-leaf Coneflower
Echinacea purpureaEastern purple coneflower
Purple coneflower
Elymus canadensisCanada wild rye
Canadian wildrye
Prairie wildrye
Nodding wildrye
Euphorbia corollataFlowering spurge
Euthamia graminifoliaFlat-top goldentop
Grass-leaved goldenrod
Eupatorium perfoliatumCommon boneset
Eutrochium purpureumPurple joepyeweed
Sweet-scented joepyeweed
Sweet joepyeweed
Fraxinus americanaWhite ash
American ash
Cane ash
Smallseed white ash
Biltmore white ash
Biltmore ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanicaGreen ash
Red ash
Swamp ash
River ash
Water ash
Darlington ash
Fragaria virginianaVirginia strawberry
Wild strawberry
Gentiana albaPlain gentian
Yellow gentian
Cream gentian
Gentiana andrewsiiClosed bottle gentian
Closed gentian
Bottle gentian
Geranium maculatumSpotted geranium
Wild geranium
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