2019 Spring Plant Sale

Native Plants for Birds – the 2019 ‘Birdy Dozen’

“Because food for all animals starts with the energy harnessed by plants, the plants we grow in our gardens have the critical role of sustaining, directly or indirectly, all of the animals with which we share our living spaces.”

                                                                     Douglas Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home

Native Plants for Birds, the collaborative project between Onondaga Audubon and Habitat Gardening in Central NY (HGCNY.org) has selected its ‘Birdy Dozen’ for 2019, the 12 bird-friendly plants that we will promote this year:


Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)                


Wild columbine Red (columbinequilegia canadensis)
Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)
Rough goldenrod, Rough-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)


Virginia creeper, Woodbine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)


American chokecherry, Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

Dioecious Shrub                           

Spicebush, Northern Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)


Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)                     

Deciduous Tree                            

Downy serviceberry, Common shadbush (Amelanchier arborea)                    

What are the criteria for selecting these plants? They must be available from local growers as the true species, not as cultivars. We try to select a variety of plant types, planting conditions and bloom times because a good garden should provide for birds all year round. And they must provide one or more ecological functions for birds such as cover (switchgrass), nectar (columbine), spring migrant food (downy serviceberry), fall migrant food (spicebush), winter food (Va. creeper), caterpillar production (pussywillow), nesting sites (E. red cedar). Most of these plants provide multiple functions.

These 12 plants, plus the Birdy Dozens from 2017 and 2018 (see below) will be available at our 3rd annual spring plant sale. Our prior two spring plants sales sold over 1,000 bird-friendly plants! Plants must be pre-ordered, then picked up in Westvale on May 18 (other pick-up times can be arranged). As time approaches, check this and HGCNY websites for more information.

These plants are also available for pre-order this spring (our combined 2017 and 2018 lists):                       

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) $7.00
Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) $7.00

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, Syn. Cimicifuga racemosa) $7.00
Anise hyssop, Blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) $5.00
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) $7.00
White wood aster (Aster divaricatus, Syn. Eurybia divaricata) $7.00
White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) $6.00
Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) $5.00
Blazing star (Liatris spicata) $7.00
Oswego tea (Monarda didyma) $7.00
Cutleaf/Green-head/Tall coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) $5.00
Bluestem goldenrod, Wreath goldenrod (Solidago caesia) $6.00
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) $5.00

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) $8.00

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, Syn: Photinia melanocarpa) $22.00
Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)$11.00
Purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus) $15.00
Am. black elderberry, Common elder (Sambucus canadensis) $11.00

Dioecious shrubs
(i.e. need male for females to produce berries)
Winterberry, Common winterberry (Ilex verticillata) $12.00

Deciduous trees
Sweet birch, Black birch (Betula lenta)  $11.00
Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) $12.00
Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) $11.00

Interested mainly in plants that will help native birds? Click here to see our 2018 ‘Birdy Dozen.’

How to order: The sale is by pre-order only. Send your list to John Allen by May 5:


Common names are sufficient when ordering.

You can download photos, descriptions and growth requirements of these plants at http://www.hgcny.org/birds/

How to get your plants: You can pick up your plants on Saturday, May 19, from 9 AM – 3 PM at 401 Parsons Drive, Syracuse, 13219 (If not possible, you can arrange another pickup time with John). Plants will be paid for at the time of pick-up. Please order plants only if you are committed to buying them!

Please send any questions to:  OnAudubonCom@gmail.com

Note: We are offering only the species, not any cultivars.