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Native Plants

Native Plants Program

Native Plants Program

The Native Plant Program at Hilltop Hanover Farm is a farm-based initiative focused on strengthening and expanding local biodiversity by increasing the number of ecotype plants available in the community. 

Westchester lands, including forests, wetlands, meadows on both public and private spaces, are under threat.  Depleted soil, new plant diseases and invasive species are taking a tremendous toll—as are the combined pressures of climate change, pollution and development.  Preserving and expanding areas where native plants are grown is a powerful way to combat these overarching environmental threats, while also supporting animal and insect populations that are essential to a healthy ecosystem.  Highly biodiverse ecosystems are more resilient and adaptable; they improve the soil, prevent erosion, protect against flooding, lower temperatures at the ground, and clean the air.  They are also beautiful.

At Hilltop, our native plant program seeks to deliver all these benefits by collecting seed native to our specific ecoregion, cleaning and propagating that seed in founders plots, and producing plants for land conservation and restoration.  We make both seeds and plants available for sale and donation to municipalities, schools, garden clubs, nurseries and individuals to achieve the greatest impact possible.  In addition to our expert staff, we welcome and depend on volunteers to grow this popular and sorely needed work.  Please join us!

2023 Species List 

Aquilegia canadensis Eastern Red Columbine

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed

Euthamia graminifolia Thin Leaf Goldenrod

Eutrochium dubium Joe Pye

Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia

Mimulus ringens Allegheny Monkey Flower

Mondarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot

Panicum virgatum Switchgrass

Penstemon digitalis Foxglove Beardtongue

Pycnanthemum muticum Short Toothed Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrowleaf Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum virginianum Virginia Mountain Mint

Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan

Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem

Solidago caesia Blue Stem Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod

Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass

Symphyotrichum cordifolium Blue Wood Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster

Tridens flavus Purpletop tridens

Vernonia noveboracensis NY Ironweed

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