The following nurseries are sources of native plants and seeds. Their plants are not collected from the wild. Some also sell non-natives, so buyers need to specifically request native species. Some are open for retail only on certain days and/or only spring through fall. Therefore, please contact them before scheduling a visit or check their websites for current information. In addition, the Botanical Gardens at Asheville sponsors a plant sale twice a year (spring and fall). Several native plant vendors sell plants at these sales and it’s a good place to get lots of good advice about plants appropriate for your setting.Click here for printable list.
1126 Prices Creek Rd.
Burnsville, NC 28714
They have a wide selection of native shrubs and are increasing their selection of native perennials.
9056 Pittmans Gap Rd
Newland, NC 28657
This is a family-owned business since 1892. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it. They have extensive greenhouses with sun and shade perennials, including ferns.
Contact owner Pat Sommers to visit her nursery in Asheville. She grows the straight wild species of perennials and ferns. In other words, she does not grow genetically modified varieties. She is also a landscaper.
They offer both native and non-native plants, as well as varieties of native plants. They are the only nursery in the area to have plants from the American Beauties collection, a program associated with the National Wildlife Federation.
This nursery is in the Beaverdam area of north Asheville. They sell only natives and are mostly a wholesaler, but wholesale pricing is available with an order of $45.