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Native Plant and Pollinator Library

Learn about what plants to grow to attract a variety of pollinators throughout the season, including native bees, honey bees, butterflies (such as the Monarch), and other insect and bird pollinators.

Check out our lists of books and websites where you can learn more about native plants, pollinators, landscaping and places to buy seeds and plants.

Learn about the Kerr Center’s experience in establishing native plants organically on a working ranch and horticulture farm as well as in an office landscape.

Save the Bees and Butterflies!

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  • cover crops
  • landscape
  • milkweeds
  • monarch butterflies
  • native plants
  • organic gardening
  • pollinator plant profile
  • pollinator plants
  • pollinator resource guides
  • Pollinators
  • president's note
  • wildflowers

Creating a Pollinator-friendly Landscape

  In 2012, we began planning a new office landscape with a focus on native plants, grasses, shrubs and trees that would be pollinator-friendly well-adapted to the climate and soil attractive low-maintenance. During the first...

Establishing Native Pollinator Habitat Organically: Tips from Our Experience at Kerr Center

This publication describes our project to establish native pollinator plants using organic techniques.

FAQs: Native Pollinators

Let me tell you 'bout the flies and the bees and the wasps and the moths... What are Native Pollinators (NPs)? Native pollinators include numerous species of bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies,  moths, bats and hummingbirds,...

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

The Kerr Center’s projects to provide habitat for beneficial insects in our certified organic horticulture plots, on the Kerr Ranch and in our office landscape are summarized in “Farming with Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions,”…

Flowering Periods for Select Oklahoma Wildflowers

Flowering Periods for Select Oklahoma Wildflowers

General Pollinator Plant Landscaping Guides

This is a list of books that contain information on landscaping with plants, emphasizing native species, that provide pollinator habitat in Oklahoma.

Native Milkweeds of Oklahoma

Use this guide to help you plan your milkweed garden – picking native milkweeds that match your location and soil.

Native Plant Identification Guides

This is a list of books that are useful for identifying native plants that provide pollinator habitat in Oklahoma.

Native Plant Seed Catalog and Nursery Sources

These seed suppliers and nurseries sell plant material useful in establishing native pollinator habitat for Oklahoma.

Native Plants and Pollinators

Native Plants and Pollinators on the Kerr Ranch and Farm Kerr Center founder and trustee Kay Adair planting wildflower seeds at the Center The Kerr Center is conserving habitat for native pollinators (native bees, wasps, flies, butterflies,...

Native Plants for Native Pollinators in Oklahoma

This beautiful full-color guidebook is overflowing with information on 38 Oklahoma native plants and the pollinators that visit them.

Native Plants for Native Pollinators on the Kerr Ranch

Native Plants for Native Pollinators on the Kerr Ranch

Native Pollinator Books

These books cover identification, ecology, and management of native pollinator species relevant to Oklahoma.

Native Pollinator Web Resources

These websites offer background information on both Oklahoma native pollinators and the plants that form important parts of their habitat.

Organic Establishment of Native Wildflowers

This presentation describes the Kerr Center’s experiences and lessons learned from efforts to establish wildflower plantings on the Kerr Ranch using organic methods.

Perennials, Polyculture, and Pollinators

After several years of large-scale demonstration work for the Beginning Farmer Program and Resilient Farmer Project, the horticulture program is shifting gears. Three of the four fields in the Cannon Horticulture Plots will be moving…

Plants for Pollinator Gardens (Oklahoma Gardening)

In this segment, from its August 6 episode, “Oklahoma Gardening” takes a look at some of the plants in the Kerr Center’s pollinator conservation landscaping. Visit our resource library for native plants and pollinators

Pollinator Plant Profile: Big Bluestem

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing big bluestem, Andropogon gerardii.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Celestial Lily

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing celestial lily (aka prairie iris), Nemastylis geminiflora.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Compassplant

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing compassplant, Silphium laciniatum.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Fogfruit or Frogfruit

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing fogfruit (aka frogfruit), Phyla nodiflora.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Giant Coneflower

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing giant coneflower (aka giant browneyed Susan), Rudbeckia maxima.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Goldenrod

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing goldenrod, Solidago spp.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Illinois Bundleflower

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing Illinois bundleflower, Desmanthus illinoensis.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Indian blanket

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing Indian blanket (aka firewheel, blanket flower), Gaillardia pulchella.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Indiangrass

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Little bluestem

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Maximilian Sunflower

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing Maximilian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Maypop

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing maypop, Passiflora incarnata.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Mexican hat

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing Mexican hat, Ratibida columnifera.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Narrow-leaf Mountain Mint

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing narrow-leaf mountain mint, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Ohio spiderwort

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Purple Prairie Clover

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing purple prairie clover, Dalea purpurea.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Rattlesnake Master

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing rattlesnake master, Eryngium yuccifolium.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Rock Pink

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing rock pink (aka flower-of-an-hour), Phemeranthus calycinus.

Pollinator Plant Profile: Switchgrass

This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing switchgrass, Panicum virgatum.

Pollinator Plant Propagation Guides

This is a list of books covering techniques for starting and establishing native plants.

Pollinator Resource Guides Updated

Three of the Kerr Center’s pollinator resource guides have been updated with new information and links. They are: Native Plant Identification Guides, Native Plant Seed Catalog and Nursery Sources, and Native Pollinator Books.

President’s Note: Native Plants and Ecosystem Management

I recently attended the state meeting of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. We heard talks on the management challenges in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. I spoke on native plants and…

Resource List for Native Pollinators and Plants

Extensive list of books, websites, and organizations with information about native plants and pollinators.

Trees and Shrubs of Value to Pollinators

This table lists a variety of trees and shrubs that grow in Oklahoma, including time of bloom, mature height, water requirements, commercial sources, and more.

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