Earth Sangha's Wild Plant Nursery Species List
The Wild Plant Nursery is a working nursery focused on growing for restoration projects the DC region. Our collection is entirely “local ecotype.” We grow all of our plants from material that we ourselves collect, with permission, from the forests and meadows of the Washington, DC, region. We propagate almost entirely from seed or spore, except for a few species that we propagate vegetatively, from dividing whole-plant rescues or cuttings. While we are not a commercial nursery, we do sell to homeowners to help fund our restoration work.
Species Guidelines by Habitat: Looking to plant a rain garden or a dry, wooded backyard and aren't sure where to start? Check out Lisa's Habitat Guidelines below. Lisa created these general guidelines for common habitats, because we understand that sorting through our 300+ species list can very daunting.
For educators: Click here to download our Wild Garden Manual for information on how to plan your native plant garden and our discounted school kits.
Interested in visiting the Wild Plant Nursery? The Wild Plant Nursery is located behind the garden plots at Franconia Park, 6100 Cloud Dr. Springfield, VA 22150. Click here for directions. Please note that our nursery and office addresses are different.
Trees, shrubs, and woody vines: Gallon
Because our stock is mainly used for restoration work, our woodies are typically 1-2ft tall.
Herbaceous: Quart pots
Herbaceous: Plugs (Plugs are purchased by the tray (21 or 50 cell trays) and cannot be purchased individually.)
Earth Sangha members qualify for discount prices of 25% off per pot and $0.25 off per plug. Membership starts at $35 per year. You can become a member at the nursery, or use our Donate page.
The list is current as of April 20, 2021.
How to Buy Plants:
How to order for curbside pick-up:
1. Check our inventory at www.earthsangha.org/wpnlist
2. Email your order to email@example.com. Please include both the species and quantities. Let us know if you're a member to receive the member discount!
3. We'll place your order in an assigned bay outside the nursery fence, notify you that it's ready to go, and then you can pick up at your leisure.
4. We'll email you an invoice you can pay online. Feel free to pick up first so you can see what you're getting.
How to shop in-person:
Self-Service Sundays: Customers must register for a 1-hour time slot before coming to shop at the Wild Plant Nursery. Click here to reserve your spot: https://bit.ly/3bMc6c8
Self-Service Sundays are perfect for anyone who wants to pick out their own plants, see what we have available in-person, or who just enjoys wandering the aisles of the Wild Plant Nursery as much as we do. We’ll have materials on native-plant communities and specific species available. (We are not able to pull out orders for Self Service Sunday customers ahead of time. If you'd prefer curbside pickup, please email your order to and we will add you to the queue.)
Our #1 concern is the safety and health of our customers, volunteers, and staff. We’re limiting the number of customers and volunteers per hour to ensure safe distancing during both volunteering and shopping. Sanitizing stations will be available and everyone must wear a mask.
If you've never visited our nursery before, we're located at the Cloud Dr. entrance to Franconia Park. You can navigate to 6100 Cloud Dr, enter the park, then turn right down the gravel path by the garden plots. We're back behind the garden plots and we will have signage set up directing you to the numbered pick-up bays.
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
All volunteers and customers must be pre-confirmed either through our online volunteer sign-up or our online appointment systems.
No more than 15 people can volunteer for an event at one time.
Volunteers/customers should not visit the Wild Plant Nursery if they have any COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Volunteers/customers must wear a face mask while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers/customers must practice social-distancing while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles.
Banner: Early spring canopy over Royal Lake Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo by Chris Bright.