The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is located in the Driftless Area, a 24,000 square mile area in southwest Wisconsin, northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa, and southwest Illinois that is untouched by glaciers.

Native Plant Landscape Beds

Our unique ecosystem is unlike any other in the world. To help raise awareness of our unique landscape, you will find landscape beds across campus planted in native plants that are pollinator-friendly. There are plant identification signs in several of these beds. You can learn more about the specific plants in our Plant Index below.

Plants were selected for several characteristics: drought-tolerant, long-lived, varied bloom times and color, and ease of care. All of the plants provide much needed food sources for our native pollinators. Many plants provide food needed by specific pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies who need milkweed to survive.

These gardens are a cross-campus collaboration. The Biology Department started the plants from seed, the Green Fund helped fund the sign posts, and campus grounds crews help deliver mulch and provide other maintenance.

Campus Native Plant Index

To both beautify our campus and be good stewards of our natural resources, UW-Platteville integrates many hardy native perennials (plants that return each year) into our landscaping.

These plants are not only attractive to look at, but they offer a host of additional benefits, including low maintenance, a source of food for a variety of insects, birds, and other wildlife, and, through their extra deep root structure, they help increase water absorption into our local water table. This reduces the risk of flooding during storm events.

The following native plants can be found across campus in landscaping beds. Plant descriptions and images are borrowed with permission from Prairie Moon Nursery.

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