Southern Native Meadows

Southern Native Meadows

Demonstrate your commitment to conservation with a native grass and wildflower meadow by Southern Habitats.

Even small areas can be transformed into exact replications of the historic native plant communities of the outer Southeastern Coastal Plain.

Our seed collections come from pristine, fire-managed conservation lands and are excellent representations of the following unique land systems:

  • Upland Clayhills and Sandhills
  • Flatwoods
  • Shallow Wetlands

resources-regionAlthough most of it now developed or in production, these exquisite natural areas once covered the outer region of the southeastern coastal plain, more properly referred to as the Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province.

Through years of experience I have developed proven techniques for successfully restoring these indigenous ground covers.

By devoting a small area of land to replicating a native grass and wildflower meadow you are directly impacting local pollinator species while enjoying the scenery.

Once established these meadows are easily managed and kept beautiful by burning every spring.

Public awareness and acceptance of controlled burning is needed. The fact that the benefits of prescribed fire outweigh the risk it poses is undisputed. Regular burning is essential to maintain the health of our forest systems as well as guard against wildfire by reducing fuels.

Safe burning techniques and the response of pollinators can be easily demonstrated with the meadow area we are proposing.

Within two weeks the burned area transforms as these fire adapted plants explode with new growth.

Southern Habitats native meadow plugs come with exact specifications for planting and management. Full planting and management services are also offered.

Southeastern Upland Species:

Aristida strictaWiregrass
Schizachyrium scopariumLittle bluestem
Sorghastrum secundumLopsided indiangrass
Eragrostis spectabilisPurple lovegrass
Andropogon ternariusSplitbeard bluestem
Liatris gracilisSlender blazing star
Salvia azureaAzure blue sage
Solidago odoraAnise scented goldenrod
Dalea pinnataSummer farewell
Coreopsis lanceolataLanceleaf coreopsis
Lespedeza hirtaHairy bush clover
Pityopsis graminifoliaSilver leaf aster

Southeastern Flatwoods and Wet Prairie:

Aristida strictaWiregrass
Ctenium aromaticum Toothache grass
Andropogon glomeratus var. glaucopsis Purple bluestem
Andropogon glomeratus Bushy bluestem
Eragrostis elliotii Elliot’s lovegrass
Saccarhum giganteum Sugarcane plumegrass
Spartina bakerii Sand cordgrass
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhly grass
Liatris spicata Dense blazing star
Helianthus angustfolius Swamp sunflower
Eupatorium fistulosum Joe pye weed
Sida ulmifolia Common fanpetals