2017 Grand Prairie Friends Native Plant Sale

Saturday May 13, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Inside Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
Plant Sale Flyer

Since 1994, Grand Prairie Friends has been selling plants native to the tallgrass prairie and woodlands of east-central Illinois. Native plants beautify your home landscape, reduce maintenance, and provide important sources of nectar and food for native insects and other wildlife. Help the iconic Monarch Butterfly and plant milkweeds!

Prices are reasonable: $4 for a single pot (3 x 3 x 4 inches) or $60 for an 18-pot flat. A list of plant species that should be available can be found below. Subject to change by sale day. Cash or check only, please. All sales are final.

Native Plant Sale Volunteer Opportunities


Transplanting for May 4 has been cancelled as all seedlings have been potted.

Volunteers with a willingness to work hard and get their hands dirty are needed—no experience necessary. Plants are set to be delivered April 1, and we’ll gather on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM—April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, and May11 in the Natural Resources Study Annex (NRSA) Greenhouse, 1910 S. Griffith Dr., Champaign . This greenhouse is south of St. Mary’s Road and west of First Street to the southwest of Assembly Hall (map). Questions can be directed to Jamie Ellis (james.ellis72 [at] gmail [dot] com) or Dave Easter (d.a.easter [at] att [dot] net).


On Friday May 12, GPF needs volunteers to help load, haul, and unload plants. We'll work from 4:00 to 6:00 PM meeting first at the NRSA greenhouse. A small crew (2-3 people) will be needed at Lincoln Square to set up tables and arrange the space. If you have a truck and a strong back (or just a truck), then you're especially needed! RSVP to Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.

Sale Day

The sale runs from 8 AM to 1 PM on May 13 inside Lincoln Square. We'll need 4-5 people over a couple of shifts to help customers pick out plants, keep tables tidy, and staple boxes. This is the fun part--sending native plants to loving homes! RSVP to Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.

We ask that volunteers wear their turquoise GPF t-shirt on Sale Day.  If you don’t have one but would like one for $11, contact Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net).


A very important task on sale day. We need six people committed to keeping track of the money. Two people on an early shift and two on a late shift. Two other volunteers are needed to make one or two bank deposit trips as needed. RSVP to Ed Wilhite (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.

2017 Plant List

Scientific Name Common Name
Amorpha canescens Lead Plant 
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem
Aquilegia canadensis columbine
Asclepias incarnata swamp milkweed
Asclepias sullivantii Sullivant's milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa orange butterflyweed
Aster laevis smooth blue aster
Aster novae-angliae New England aster
Aster shortii Short's aster
Bouteloua curtipendula side-oats grama
Ceanothus americanus New Jersey tea
Dalea purpurea Purple prairie clover
Echinacea pallida pale purple coneflower
Eryngium yuccifolium rattlesnake master
Eupatorium purpureum purple Joe Pye weed
Heliopsis helianthoides false sunflower
Liatris pycnostachya prairie blazine star
Lobelia siphilitica great blue lobelia
Monarda fistulosa wild bergamot
Parthenium integrifolium wild quinine
Penstemon digitalis foxglove beard tongue
Pycnanthemum virginianum common mountain mint
Ratibida pinnata yellow coneflower
Rudbeckia hirta black-eyed Susan
Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem
Silphium integrifolium rosin weed
Silphium laciniatum compass plant
Solidago ulmifolia elm-leaved goldenrod
Sorghastrum nutans Indian grass
Sporobolus heterolepis prairie drop seed
Vernonia missurica Missouri ironweed
Zizia aurea Golden alexanders