Native Plants to the U.P.

The  Northern Michigan University Native Plants Area only uses plants native to the central Upper Peninsula.  Native plants are naturally occurring, indigenous plants within a specific habitat of a specific biogeographic region. They are adapted to the soil and climate in which they live, and have evolved defenses to many diseases and insect pests.

Native plants commonly found in the Native Plants Area consist of:

Native Wildflowers

Bee Balm
(Monarda fistulosa) 

Bee Balm

Black-eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)

black eyed susan

Sand Coreopsis
(Coreopsis lanceolata)

Sand Corpsis

Evening primrose
(Oenothera biennis)

evening primrose

Native Grasses, Rushes and Sedges

Big Bluestem
(Andropogon gerardii)

Little Bluestem
(Schizachyrium scoparium)

Little Bluestem

Canada Wild-rye
(Elymus Canadensis)

Canada Wild Rye

Native Trees and Shrub

native trees

Woodland area photo from Native Plant Area

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)

Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)