Long Island Native Plant Sale, June 7&8, 14&15

2013-06-09: Updated from my visit on Saturday, 6/8.

The Sale

Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) Plant Sale

This Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, and next week as well, June 14 and 15, is a rare opportunity to purchase local ecotypes - plants propagated from local wild populations - of plants native to Long Island. The sale is organized by the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI). Proceeds benefit LINPI.

It's gratifying to see this happening. I've lived most of my life on Long Island, including the 20+ years I've lived in Brooklyn which, after all, comprises the westernmost reaches of Long Island.

Note that the location of the sale is not at LINPI's headquarters. The sale is at the Greenhouse of the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead NY 11901.

The Plants

Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, one of the species on sale.
Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed

These are species that were advertised to be in the sale. There were even more species available that were not listed in advance, nearly double this number available onsite, a diverse selection.

Botanical name Common Name
Myrica pensylvanica Northern Bayberry
Pinus rigida Pitch Pine
Prunus serotinus Black Cherry
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem
Andropogon virginicus Broome Sedge
Dichanthelium clandestinum Deer Tongue
Eragrostis spectabilis Purple Lovegrass
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass 
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass
Tridens flavus Purple Top/Grease Grass
Asclepias syriaca Common Milk Weed 
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed 
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed 
Baptisia tinctoria False Indigo 
Chrysopsis mariana Maryland Goldenaster
Eupatorium fistulosum Joe Pye weed 
Eupatorium hyssopifolium Hyssop-leaved Thoroughwort
Eupatorium serotinum Late-flowering Thoroughwort
Euthamia caroliniana Slender Goldentop 
Euthamia gramnifolia Grass-leaved Goldentop
Lespedeza capitata Round-headed Bush Clover
Lespedeza hirta Hairy Bush Clover
Lespedeza virginica Slender Bush Clover 
Opuntia humifusa Eastern Prickly Pear 
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium Sweet Everlasting 
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender-leaved Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum virginianum Virginia Mountain Mint
Rudbeckia hirta Black Eyed Susan 
Solidago nemoralis Gray Goldenrod
Solidago juncea Early Goldenrod
Symphyotrichum laeve Smooth Blue Aster
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster
Symphyotrichum pilosum Hairy White Field Aster
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed

My Selections

I picked up over a dozen different species, most of them second year seedlings in six-packs.
  • Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed
  • Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed
  • Baptisia tinctoria, Wild Indigo
  • Eragrostic spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass
  • Ionactis linarifolius, Stiff Aster
  • Lespedeza capitata, Roundhead Lespedeza
  • Opuntia humifusa, Eastern Prickly-Pear
  • Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Narrow-Leaved Mountain-Mint
  • Pycnanthemum virginianum, Virginia Mountain-Mint
  • Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem
  • Trichostema dichotomum, Forked Blue Curls
  • Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain
  • Viola lanceolata, Bog White Violet
Map of Level IV Ecoregions in and around New York City, including most of Long Island.
Greenbelt Native Plant Center

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Pycnanthemum muticum, Clustered Mountain-Mint in my garden, bejeweled with pollinators. Two other species are on sale.
Multiple Pollinators on Pycnanthemum


Frank said...

wish I could go to this, but I just got back from the area, and not going back until after the sale.

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

I was hoping to go tomorrow morning, but Andrea has other plans.

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

The rains stopped overnight, and I drove out and back on Saturday.

Unknown said...

Hi Chris..nice to meet you yesterday.. Hope your plants do well.. Cindy from LINPI plant sale..

LINPI said...

Thanks for the plug and coming to our plant sale. Good luck with your plants and hope to see you next year.