Native Plant Botanical Gardens at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Learn about planting native plants for wildlife and birds

Native plants provide food and shelter for wildlife of all types Photo: Erin Parker

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center promotes the use of native plants in the landscape to attract and support birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Native plants provide necatar for bees and butterflies, food for birds and mammals, and can be beautiful, low-maintenance additions to your backyard. 

Our native plant botanical garden consists of more than 25 labeled species that are all native to Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Take a stroll along the grounds and explore the beauty of native plants, their uses (cultural, medicinal, edible) and their value to wildlife.  In time, we hope to grow some of these natives for purchase, so check back with us soon.

Here is a plant list from our garden:

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii)

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Water Oak (Quercus nigra)

Redbay (Persea borbonica)

Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera)

Dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor)

Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Pond cypress (Taxodium ascendens)

Spruce Pine (Pinus glabra)

Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum)

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)

Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Groundsel (Baccharis halimifolia)

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Greenbrier (Smilax, sp.)

Viriginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Muscadine (Vitus rotundifolia)

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