2019 Native Plant Sale
Jackson County Conservation
Friends of Jackson County Conservation is holding their annual native wildflower plant sale this spring to help people obtain native species. Plants for sale include: butterfly milkweed, sky blue aster, leadplant, prairie coreopsis, wild geranium and purple prairie clover. Plants are $2.50 each or three of the same species for $6.00 Order forms are available online at JacksonCCB.com and at the Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa.
Prairie plants are finding their way back into Iowa’s landscapes, not only on public lands, but also in private gardens and yards. Native wildflowers are a great choice for your yard or garden for many reasons. Native flowers and grasses are well adapted to the local climate, and can better withstand the severe drought, flooding and temperatures of Iowa. Native plants also require little to no fertilizers, are resistant to local diseases, insects, and other pests, as well as provide habitat and food for local wildlife, including our insect pollinators!
Finding native plants to include in your yard is not always easy, but definitely worth the extra effort it takes to locate them. Many of the plants found at local ‘big box’ stores are not native and will not provide the long lasting benefits of prairie plants that have spent thousands of years adapting to Iowa’s climate and soils.
Plant orders will be accepted while supplies last. Plants will be ready for pickup at the Hurstville Interpretive Center in late May. For more information call (563) 652-3783. The Hurstville Interpretive Center is located 1 mile north of Maquoketa on Highway 61.