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St. Louis Native Plant Nursery & Contract Growing

For Contractors, Landscapers, Wholesale Customers, & Home Gardeners

Native St. Louis plant nursery for contract growing. Plugs, quarts, and gallons
Native contract growing gives contractors, designers, and architects access to the highest-quality Missouri-grown plants. Perfect for larger restoration projects and adding nature’s beauty on St. Louis properties!

For those interested, you can take a look at the MSD approved plant list below and submit your order using the form below. All contract grows are grown in our greenhouses in Wentzville, MO.

If you’re interested in learning more about this offer from Pure Air Natives, keep reading below the contract form! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call or submit a contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Native Plant List: MSD Plugs

Download the PDF or scroll down to see our plant availability.

Table 1: Approved MSD Bioretention Available Plugs/Quarts for Contract Growing
MSD List: Bioretention and Organic Filters
Scientific Name Common Name
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem
Bouteloua curtipendula Sidoats Grama
Carex praegracilis Tollway Sedge
Carex grayii Bur Sedge
Carex shortiana Short's Sedge
Carex vulpinoidea Brown Fox Sedge
Chasmanthium latifolium River Oats
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed
Amsonia illustris Shining Bluestar
Chelone obliqua Rose Turtlehead
Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower
Coreopsis lanceolata Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Echinacea pallida Pale Puple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake Master
Hibiscus lasiocarpos Rose Mallow
Iris virginica Southern Blue Flag Iris
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender Mountain Mint
Ratibida pinnata Grey-headed Coneflower
Rudbeckia fulgida Orange Coneflower
Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod
Symphyotrichium novae-angliae New England Aster
Verbesina helianthoides Yellow Wingstem
Zizia aurea Golden Alexanders
Table 2: More MSD approved plugs for other types of ecological projects, such as wet ponds, wetlands, infiltration basins, dry swales, surface retention basins, etc. Does not overlap with Table 1.
MSD List: Non-Bioretention Specific Plugs
Scientific Name Common Name
Carex annectans Yellow Fruited Sedge
Carex crinita Fringed Sedge
Carex muskingumensis Palm Sedge
Juncus effusus Soft Rush
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass
Scirpus atrovirens Dark Green Bullrush
Spartina pectinata Prairie Cordgrass
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Baptisia australis Blue Wild Indigo
Blephilia cilliata Ohio Horsemint
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed
Iris fulva Copper Iris
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia siphilitica Blue Lobelia
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot
Parthenium integrifolium Wild Quinine
Penstemon digitalis Smooth Penstemon
Rudbeckia subtomentosa Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Saururus cernuus Lizard Tail
Solidago rigida Rigid Goldenrod

Native Plant Ordering Process

Ordering native plants from our greenhouse nursery in St. Louis has never been so easy!

1. Tell Us What You Need: Fill out and submit the form below with a description of which plants you need and by when.


2. Receive Quote: Pure Air Natives will reach out to you with a quote, verifying your native plant species and timeline. 


3. Accept/Confirm Order: If you choose to accept the quote and let us take sourcing native plants off your hands, we’ll send you an order confirmation. 


4. Schedule Pickup: Once plants are finished growing, we’ll send you an email confirmation and schedule pickup from one of our locations. Home owners (non-businesses) must pick up their plants in the Florissant location due to zoning laws. Contractors can pick up their plants at our Wentzville greenhouse (preferable) or schedule pickup at our Florissant headquarters as well.


5. Plant!: You’ll pick up your plants, and they’re ready to incorporate into your landscape!

Note: We have stock that’s ready to plant year-round. While a heads up for larger orders is appreciated, we can usually pull together an order within 48 business hours.

Order Your Native Plants Below!

For more information on contract growing, scroll down after the form. We’ll explain what contract growing is, how to decide if its the right choice for your business, and some tips for success! We’ll also answer our top FAQs.

What Is Native Plant Contract Growing?

Contract growing offers access to high-quality Missouri-grown plants for contractors and architects, which are ideal for restoration and conservation projects. This service ensures you’ll have the native plant plugs available (in trays) when you need them at a locked-in price.

Though native seeds are a more cost-effective option, we understand that native plants are also in demand. Our greenhouses and plants are cared for by ecological professionals who’ve been serving contractors for over 30 years!

Is Contract Growing The Right Choice For You?

Native plant contract growing with Pure Air Natives is the perfect choice for many landscaping professionals. Here’s a few things that our happiest clients have in common.

1. Who Are You?: You’re a landscape contractor or designer in the St. Louis area who needs native plants for client projects. As a landscaping pro, you’re looking for a reliable, high-quality native plant nursery you can depend on with excellent customer service and goes above and beyond for customers.


2. Early Plant Lists Submission: Your landscaping business knows which native plants are needed for each project ahead of time, allowing you to place your order several months in advance. 


3. Professional Partnership: You’re looking for a long-term relationship with a native nursery, ensuring you’ll get high quality plants, priority customer service, and competitive pricing in Missouri.


Contract Growing FAQs

How Much Lead Time Do We Need To Give To Order From Your Nursery?

For the best results, send us your plant lists at least 6 months in advance. We’ll need at least an 8 weeks notice during the growing season.

Since contract grows take 6-8 weeks to grow, be sure to schedule ahead of time. Last minute grows are possible, but why risk it?

Like we mentioned above, we have stock available year-round. If you’re making an order last minute, please fill out the contact form above (or call us) to determine plant availability.

    Do You Only Offer Contract Growing To Contractors? Can I Order Native Plants From Your Nursery As A Home Gardener?

    Yes, home gardeners can also order native plants from us! Though our main clientele are landscaping contractors and designers, we also grow native plants for personal use.

    For the best results and prices, request your plants a few months ahead of time so we can grow them, but anyone one in St. Louis — business or not — is welcome to order from our native plant nursery!

    Last minute grows are possible though. Fill out the contact form or call us to double check our stock.

      How Do You Grow Quarts & Gallons So Quickly?

      We always keep a robust inventory of plugs on hand to grow out into quarts or gallons.

      Seeds => Plugs => Quarts => Gallons

      It takes 16-20 weeks for plants to go from seed to plug size (not including stratification time — add an additional 4-13 weeks if stratification is necessary).

      It then takes plugs 6-8 weeks to root out into a quart or a gallon size.

        Do You Offer Plant Delivery?

        At this time, we only offer pickup from our location in St. Louis, MO (4630 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63115).  Ensure a hassle-free encounter by planning ahead for picking your plants up on time.

          Do You Provide Ecological Consulting For Projects?

          Pure Air Natives takes great pride in our customer service and deeply values our partnerships with St. Louis metro area contractors. The more we know about your project, the more we’ll be able to help. 

          From curating your plant list to suggesting other substitutes, our ecological experts have your back. You’ll be able to bounce ideas off of us, get a second opinion about landscaping projects with more complex variables (such as erosion control), and we’ll be more likely to be able to accommodate specific requests too.

            Where Do You Grow Your Native Plants In Missouri?

            We have greenhouses in Wentzville, MO where our seed and native plants are grown. The PLS testing (ensures seed is viable for germination) is certified by a third-party lab.

              Order Native Plants From Our STL Nursery

              Don’t want to worry about having the best quality Missouri native plants on hand for your landscaping project? Interested in ordering native plants from a nursery?

              Get started today by filling out the form above for a contract growing quote! We’ll be in touch soon!