The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society advocates growing local native plants. The guides below are very worthwhile although some suggestions may include native plants not found in Rhode Island. Vascular Flora of Rhode Island (1998) and New England Wildflower Society’s very user friendly Go Botany are the most authoritative sources for identifying Rhode Island native plants.
What is the right plant for your landscape? Our two recommend plant guides, are searchable by plant type, size and a variety of growing conditions. Our other resources address other gardening goals for your native landscape.
Please also see the Rhody Native Initiative, a project of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey to provide locally source and grown local native plants. RIWPS also cultivates plants through our Seed Starters Program and offers a number of plants for sale at its May and June sales.