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Native Plant Garden

The Native Plant Garden at Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave., is provided through a partnership between the Tinley Park Environmental Enhancement Commission (EEC) and Sag Moraine Native Plant Community. See below for plants featured in the garden.

See a plant not listed, want help with an identification, or have other native plant questions? Email the EEC at

For more information on the EEC, answers to common questions, and links to environmental resources, check out the commission’s page on the Village website.

Big BluestemBig Bluestem (Andropogon Gerardii): 6' tall, 3' wide; most widely distributed of prairie tall grasses, Big Bluestem has blue-green leaves and stems that change color with the first frost to a deep red-bronze that provides landscape interest well into the winter. Host to many insects and provides habitat for many insects and birds. Big Bluestem is also the state grass of Illinois!

Showy GoldenrodShowy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa): 4' tall, 3' wide; yellow blooms August–October. One of the showiest of the Goldenrods, an essential plant for late season pollinators.

Smooth Blue Aster2Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laevis): 3' tall, 2' wide; blooms August–October; a hardy plant with a profusion of lavender-blue, star-like flowers. The yellow flower-center turns reddish later in the season. Attractive to butterflies seeking nectar in the fall, it's also a host for the Pearl Crescent butterfly.

Rough BlazingstarRough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera): 3' tall, 1' wide; blooms August–September. Covered with lavender blooms in late summer, Rough Blazing Star blooms for many weeks. Butterflies, skippers, and bees are greatly attracted to the flowers.

Purple ConeflowerPurple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea): 4' tall, 2' wide; blooms July–September. The showy daisy-like flowers of Pale Purple Coneflower bloom in early summer and are a favorite nectar source for pollinators,including butterflies and hummingbirds. Later in summer the large seed heads attract Goldfinches and other birds.

Butterfly WeedButterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa): 2' tall, 1.5' wide; blooms June–August. Great Milkweed for a sunny location in a dry area. The vivid orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain butterflies make this plant a well-known favorite for all types of gardens. It is one of the larval host plants for the monarch butterfly. 

Anise HyssopAnise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum): 4' tall, 2' wide; blooms July–September. Flower spikes burst with a myriad of tiny blooms that span the purple spectrum: from soft lavender to rich violet. The blossoms pop open in intervals, providing a long nectar season for bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Sturdy and upright, the square stem supports fragrant foliage, which smells like anise or licorice. 

Foxglove BeardtongueFoxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis): 2' tall, 1.5' wide; blooms June–July. Also known as Smooth Penstemon, the white flowers are great for long-tongued insects.

LeadplantLeadplant (Amorpha canescens): 3' tall, 2' wide; blooms June–August. Unique spikes of iridescent purple flowers extending above the intricate silver-gray foliage in the heat of midsummer. Extremely long-lived, Leadplant is one of the few true shrubs of the prairie.

Blue False IndigoBlue False Indigo (Baptisia australis): 4' tall, 4' wide; blooms June–July. Nitrogen fixing bush-like perennial with blue flowers on upright spikes; oblong seed pods make beautiful sounds in the fall/winter.

Black-eyed SusanBlack-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta): 2' tall, 1.5' wide; blooms June–October. Long-lasting, yellow flowers and shiny deep green foliage.

Little Bluestem2Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium): 3' tall, 1.5' wide; a highly ornamental native grass prized for its blue-green leaf color and upright form. The foliage provides excellent color all season-long and creates the perfect backdrop for prairie flowers. Densely mounded, Little Bluestem turns a striking reddish-bronze in fall, bearing illuminated tufted seeds. 

Sideoats GramaSideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula): 2’ tall, 2’ wide; a mid-size ornamental grass. Seed heads hang uniformly down one side of the stem with a distinct oat-like appearance. 

Wild ColumbineWild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis): 2’ tall, 2’ wide; blooms May–June. Interesting foliage and distinct, drooping, bell-like red flowers make this a great garden addition. Attracts many pollinators, including hummingbirds. 

Wild GeraniumWild Geranium (Geranium maculatum): 1’ tall, 2’ wide; blooms April–June. A favorite for shade gardens, this low groundcover showcases attractive purple flowers in late spring. 

Prairie DropseedPrairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis): 2’ fall, 2’ wide; a very popular native ornamental grass, Prairie Dropseed grows in attractive clumps that turn yellow to deep russet in the fall.