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Search for a specific plant or use the search filters below to identify plants. The list of plants will change as you make selections. As you select more filters your list will narrow. View the tutorial video if you are unsure how to search.

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New Jersey is divided into four main physiographic regions based on differences in relief, landforms, and geology – Ridge and Valley, Highlands, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. The boundary between each region is determined by a major change in topography and geology. For more information see New Jersey’s physiographic regions

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Make selections based on whether your planting areas are dry most of the time (including extended periods during which there is little or no rain) or if your planting areas have access to irrigation. Learn more.

If your property is in a coastal area and subject to salt spray or salt water (or if you’re planting along roadways frequently exposed to winter de-icing products), consider plants with high to medium salt tolerance. Learn more.

Plants

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Viola sororia

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Common Blue Violet, Purple Violet

The state flower of New Jersey, Common Blue Violets adorn our yards in early spring, providing an important food source for emerging bees.

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Silene regia

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Royal Catchfly

Bright red, tubular flowers bloom June-August, attracting hummingbirds and large butterflies.

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Solidago speciosa

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Showy Goldenrod

One of the showiest of our many native goldenrods; it blooms late summer to fall and provides an important nectar source for pollinators.

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Dicentra eximia

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Fringed Bleeding Heart

Pink, heart-shaped flowers dangle on outstretched stems, anchored within a rosette of deeply-cut, fern-like, silver-green leaves.

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Silene stellata

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Starry Campion, Widow's Frill

Each delicate looking flower has 5 odorless, white, fringed petals; mainly pollinated by moths.

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Rubus odoratus

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Purple Flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

Maple-leaf-shaped foliage surround purple, fragrant, rose-like flowers that bloom profusely all summer long.

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Polemonium reptans

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Jacob's Ladder

Loosely clustered light blue, bell-shaped, 5-petaled flowers bloom in mid to late spring above a mound of textured green leaves.

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Tradescantia virginiana

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Spider Lily, Virginia Spiderwort

Clump forming perennial with grass-like leaves and small purple flowers that are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

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Spiraea tomentosa

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Steeplebush

Tiny densely clustered pink flowers attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Host plant for numerous butterfly and moth caterpillars.