Native Plants

Planting Native Plants
are beautiful ways to help reduce and clean stormwater runoff. 

We can GROW a Solution to prevent water pollution.

Here are a few sources for native seeds and plants.  A gardening place can also help in design of a rain garden. 

Leaning Pine Native Landscape -Paul Hlina (715) 398-5453
  3130 S Camp Amnicon Rd, South Range, WI 54874

Boreal Natives  - native seed and plant sources.

South St. Louis County - tree and shrub spring sale and resources on trees.

Wisconsin Native Plant nursery list (Wi DNR)

Lake Superior Master Gardeners - meetings, resources, tips

More benefits - wildlife habitat.  Good for the bees and birds.

Duluth Audubon Society planting for wildlife

Check out this list for Native Plants here at the Wastewater Treatment Plant rain/native plant gardens.

Sample of Native Plants
Planted in Superior

Campanula rotundifolia
Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea
Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum
Helenium autumnale
Blue Flag Iris
Iris versicolor
Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa
cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis
yellow coneflower
Ratibida pinnata
Lanceleaf coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolata
Nodding onion
Allium cernuum
Rough blazing star
Liatris aspera
Stiff goldenrod
Solidago rigida
Cup plant
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta
Culver’s root
Veronicastrum virginicum
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Chelone glabra
Smooth Aster
Aster laevis
New England aster
Aster novae-angliae
Aquilegia canadensis
Anise hyssop
Agastache foeniculum
Bottle gentian
Gentiana andrewsii
Commelinaceae family
Chamerion angustifolium

Native Grasses:

Little bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium
Big bluestem
Canada Wild Rye
Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans

A plant list focusing on plants that bees love and need can be found through the 

The Wastewater Treatment Plant has demonstration rain gardens.

Contact 715-394-0392  Environmental Services Division, City of Superior
Here is information on setting up a rain garden.  You can do it.
Finally, I wanted to add a little bit on Phosphorus.  As a community we need to reduce P (phosphorus) entering streams.  If excess P enters a stream it can lead to alga growth which can result in depleting oxygen levels available for fish and other aquatic life. 
How does P enter a stream?
One of the ways is through vegetation entering storm drains.  Grass clippings and leaves.
Actually, sometimes leaves don't enter the drains they make a mat and block a drain which can lead to flooding.



Rake up your leaves and compost them. 
Keep leaves off the street.

Sweep up or use a blower to keep grass clipping away from your storm sewer.
The city of Superior sweeps streets twice a year to pick up sand and litter from the winter as well as leaves. 
Here is some information on P in leaves

Info guide on Phosphorus.
Study on grass clippings and P.

Thank you for helping making a difference in the quality of our local streams.


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