Plants for Birds

Northern Mockingbird

Our local birds evolved over time to use the native plants in our local habitats.  When considering what plants to use when landscaping your yard, fill it with native plants to bring the joy of birds right up to your door.  You will find below a list of resources you can use to find what native plants would work best for birds.  Additionally, Pelican Island Audubon is selling a variety of native plants for your yard. Below is information on native plants best for Indian River County.

Pelican Island Audubon is now selling native plants.
Plants come in three sizes and prices: 1-gallon pot = $5 | 3 – 4-inch pot = $3 | 2 x 2-inch pot = $3
Please click the button below to see what is available and to select an order plants.

The importance of native plants for birds.

Map of the Pelican Island Audubon native plant distribution in Indian River County and surrounding areas as of July 29, 2020.

Support for Pelican Island Audubon’s Plants for Birds project is partially supported by grants from the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, the National Audubon Society, Audubon Florida, and Florida Power & Light.

Native Plants

(Click on the common name for more plant information.)

Beauty BerryCallicarpa americanaBerries for migratory birds in Fall, good nectar source
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaSeeds for birds
Blue CurlTricostema dichotomumExcellent butterfly attractor
Blue-eyed GrassSisyrinchium augustifoliumGreat nectar source for butterflies
Brown’s SavoryClinopodium browneiGreat for pollinators
Creeping SageSalvia misellaButterfly nectar plant
CoreopsisCoreopsis leavenworthiiExcellent native bee attractor
Corky-stem PassionvinePassiflora suberosaLarval host plant for multiple butterfly species
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineBerries for birds in winter
Dune SunflowerHelianthus debilisPollinator attractor
ElderberrySambucus nigra subsp. canadensisFruit for birds
Elephant’s FootElephantopus elatusAmazing pollinator attractor
FirebushHamelia patensExcellent butterfly & hummingbird attractor
Florida PrivetForesteria segregataGreat shrub for nesting birds & berries in summer
FrogfruitPhyla nodifloraLarval host & nectar plant
Frost TopVerbesina virginicaPollinator attractor
HorsemintMonadra punctataAmazing butterfly & pollinator attractor
IronweedVernon giganteaNative bee & hummingbird attractor
Jamaican CaperCapparis cynophallophoraGeneral butterfly & hummingbird attractor; berries for birds
LantanaLantana involucrataGreat butterfly attractor; berries for birds year round
Muhly GrassMuhlenbergia cappillarisSeeds for small songbirds; soil stabilization for erosion problems
MyrsineMyrsine cubanaBerries for birds
PorterweedStachytarpheta jamaicensisLarval host plant & pollinator attractor
Privet CassiaSenna ligustrinaHost to Sulphur Butterflies; native bee attractor
Rosin FlowerSilphium astericusGreat pollinator attractor; seeds for birds
Seaside GoldenrodSolidago sempervirensPollinator attractor
SneezeweedHelenium spp.Attracts butterflies
St. Andrews CrossHypericum hypericoidesAttracts butterflies
Sunshine MimosaMimosa strigillosaLawn replacement ground cover; butterfly host
Tropical SalviaSalvia coccinenButterfly & hummingbird attractor
Wild Coffee (Satin Leaf)Flaveria linearisAmazing pollinator nectar source
Wild Coffee (Shiny Leaf)Psychotria nervosaNectar for butterflies; berries for birds
Wild LimeZanthoxylum fagaraHost to Giant Swallowtail Butterfly; berries for birds
YellowtopSalvia coccinenButterfly & hummingbird attractor

Online Resources

National Audubon Society Plants for Birds: This one of the best resources for learning about plants for birds. Includes a Zip Code-based search engine that will help you learn what native plants are best suited for your area.

The Guardian | Born to rewild: why now is the perfect time to make your lawn an eco-paradise
BBC | Two-fifths of plants at risk of extinction, says report
The Beet | David Attenborough Shares 7 Ways We Can Help Stop Climate Change

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