Bird-friendly Plants

A robin enjoying pagoda dogwood berries
A robin enjoying pagoda dogwood berries

As part of our “Bird-friendly Plants of the Year” project, HGCNY and Onondaga Audubon create a “Birdy Dozen” list of native plants each year, which is added to the previous years’ lists.

Below are the plants we’ve selected for each year so far. The initial lists (starting in 2017) feature more herbaceous plants than woodies, but eventually — when we can give growers enough advance notice — we’ll include more woodies, which are so important for birds.

2017 Native plants for birds

Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa Syn. Cimicifuga racemosa)
Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Oswego tea (Monarda didyma)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
White turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Purple flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Red oak (Quercus rubra)

For a description of the 2017 plants:  page 1  page 2

For a planting guide

2018 Native Plants for Birds

Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
White wood aster (Eurybia divaricata) (formerly known as Aster divaricatus)
Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
Blue-stemmed wreath goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Coral honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sempervirens)
Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
River birch (Betula nigra)

2019 Native Plants for Birds

Pussy willow (Salix discolor)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)
Stiff goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadense)
Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)