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The USDA records all the plants that you would normally encounter in natural setting and will indicate whether they are native or introduced. We have a list of rare and endangered plants which you can look for on your hikes and check off on your life list. Here are lists that can be used to select native plants for the types of gardens you want to establish. In addition, we have lists of invasive plant that you want to avoid.


Plant Lists from the USDA database

The USDA database is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source for native plant information. Here, you can search for plants by scientific and common name. The site indicates whether the plant is native to the lower 48 states and the plant's distribution. It also provide the legal status of the plant as well as other information.

For convenience, lists from the USDA database have been compiled into Excel files which can be download from here.

Lists of All New Jersey Vascular Plants
both Native and Introduced.

All the plants are listed by:

The Excel files below are sortable/searchable/filterable.

NJ plants - sorted by Scientific Names(Excel .xlsx)

NJ plants - sorted by Common Names (Excel .xlsx)

Lists of Native Trees and Tall Shrubs by County

These lists can serve as a guide for selecting trees for your area. They were compiled from the US Department of Agriculture Plants Database.

In each Excel file, first tab (sheet) lists all the plants. Subsequent tabs each give plants only in the specified county. Each sheet gives the scientific name, common name, and list of all counties the plant is found in.

Counties - Atlantic to Essex
Counties - Gloucester to Morris
Counties - Ocean to Warren

Lists of All Native Vascular Plants by New Jersey County

New Jersey is a big and various state, with many diverse and ecosystems displaying a wide variety of native flora. To help you navigate this vast array of plants, select the appropriate link below to find native plants for your New Jersey county. These lists are based on USDA database.

Please note-change: Originally Union county list included all plants with its native status indicated in the last column. It has been changed to only include native species which is the case for all the other counties. (3/24/2013)

Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Salem County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County


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