Native Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region


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As a first step in a new regional native plant marketing campaign, Plant RVA Natives, partners have published a FREE regional guide - Native Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region. This guide showcases the attractive variety of plants native to the Virginia Capital Region, which includes Henrico, Hanover, City of Richmond, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan, Goochland, Cumberland, and Amelia. Native plant species have evolved within specific areas and been dispersed throughout their range without known human involvement. These plants form the primary structure of the living landscape and provide food and shelter for native animal species.

Although this guide is not comprehensive, the native plants featured here were selected because they are attractive, relatively easy for the home gardener to acquire, easy to maintain, and offer various benefits to wildlife and the environment.

This guide is being provided by the following organizations to promote the use of these plants in the urban and suburban landscapes of the Virginia Capital Region for their many social, cultural, and economic benefits, and to increase the availability of these native plants in retail centers throughout the region:

  • Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Hanover County Extension Office/Master Gardeners

  • Henrico County Extension Office/Master Gardeners

  • Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District

  • James River Association

  • James River Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Maymont Foundation

  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

  • Riverine Virginia Master Naturalists

  • VCU Rice Center

  • Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program/

    Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality

  • Virginia Natural Heritage Program/

    Virginia Dept of Conservation and Recreation

  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries/

    Habitat Partners© Program

  • Virginia Native Plant Society

The guide which will be followed by additional marketing strategy materials.