Plant Sale

Please take note of the varying event times for each day.
Members Only

Friday, April 15, 2016, 4-7 p.m.*

Open to Public

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1-5 p.m.

We are located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, Texas 75069 (Collin County). For directions, click here

Click here for Downloadable & Printable Spring Plant Sale Plant List - 2016 - current as of 3-31-2016

For more than 20 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase plants from a huge selection of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens at the annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, we are offering natives, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants. 

Volunteers from the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter and the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists will be available to help you select your new plants. 

Native Plant Mini Talks

Learn more about how to use native plants in your yard at one of our free Native Plant Mini-Talks on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Click here for more information about the mini-talks.

*Memberships will be available for purchase at the Members-Only Presale or online before the event by clicking here. The Heard Museum Members-Only Presale is reserved for those persons with current Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary memberships only. Guests may not be admitted.

At a Glance

  • Native plants
  • Hard-to-find herbs
  • Well-adapted plants
  • Huge selection of native milkweed plants - "Multiply the Monarchs"
  • Nectar plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators
  • All sales tax-free
  • Free parking
  • Admission to museum not required to attend Plant Sale
  • Get free information about the available plants 
  • Guests welcome to bring their own cart
  • Proceeds benefit the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Multiply the Monarchs

Antelope horns milkweed, Asclepias asperula Known for its incredible ability to migrate hundreds of miles, the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, has suffered from population decline in recent years. As of last year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services estimated that the Monarch population had plummeted by 90% over the previous 20 years. Studies seem to indicate populations increased some last year, but there is still a great deal of work to be done if this species is to be preserved. 

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on milkweed plants. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.). They search for patches of milkweed, which can grow as far north as southern Canada. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much of the milkweed from the landscape, leaving them with a limited food supply. Scientists believe this to be one of the causes of the population decreases. 

This year, the Spring Plant Sale at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native milkweed plants. Species available for purchase will include Asclepias brachystephana, Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias texana, Asclepias oenotheroides, Asclepias asperula capricornu, Asclepias arenaria and Asclepias asperula asperula. By purchasing and planting milkweed to help feed Monarch butterfly caterpillars, North Texans will be able to help the recovery of this species and support the Heard, a private 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization. A representative from Monarch Watch will be available during much of the sale to answer your questions about Monarchs. This sale will also feature native flowering plants that provide nectar for the adult butterflies.

Plant List

Click here for Downloadable & Printable Spring Plant Sale Plant List - 2016 - current as of 3-31-2016

Scientific Name Common Name
Achillea millefolium 'Moonshine' Yarrow,Fern Leaf
Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' Yarrow, 'Paprika'
Adiantum capillus veneris Maidenhair Fern
Aesculus glabra v. arguta Texas buckeye
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye
Aloysia gratissima Bee-brush
Amorpha fruticosa Indigo Bush
Amsonia tabernaemontana Texas Bluestar
Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii Hummingbird Bush
Aquilegia canadensis Red Columbine
Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow Columbine
Aristolochia fimbriata White-veined Dutchman's Pipe
Asclepias arenaria Sand Milkweed
Asclepias asperula subs. asperula Spider Milkweed
Asclepias asperula subs. capricornu Antelope Horns Milkweed
Asclepias brachystephana Bract Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias oenotheroides Zizotes Milkweed
Asclepias texana Texas Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias viridis Green Milkweed
Asimina parviflora Dwarf Pawpaw
Aster oblongifolius Fall Aster
Baptisia australis Blue Wild Indigo
Berberis swaseyi Texas Barberry
Berberis trifoliolata Agarita
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate Daisy
Berlandiera texana Texas Greeneyes
Bignonia capreolata Crossvine
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama
Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry
Callicarpa americana 'Welch's Pink' Beautyberry
Callirhoe involucrata Winecup, Spreading
Calylophus drummondianus Sundrops
Calyptocarpus vialis Horseherb
Capsicum annuum Chili Pequin
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Cercis canadensis v. texensis 'Traveller' Traveller Weeping Redbud
Cercis canadensis var. texensis Redbud, Texas
Chasmanthium latifolium Inland Sea Oats
Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' Desert Willow, Bubba
Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita
Cladrastis kentukea Kentucky Yellowood Tree
Clematis pitcheri Leatherflower
Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Coreopsis, 'Mouse Ear'
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' Coreopsis, 'Early Sunrise'
Coreopsis integrifolia Coreopsis, 'Chipola River'
Cornus drummondii Roughleaf Dogwood
Dalea frutescens Black Dalea
Datura wrightii Sacred Datura
Dichondra argentea Ponyfoot, Silver
Diospyros texana Texas Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana Eastern persimmon
Dyschoriste linearis Snake Herb
Echinacea purpurea Puple Coneflower
Engelmannia peristenia Cut-leaf Daisy
Eragrostis spectabilis Purple Love Grass
Eriochloa sericea Texas Cupgrass
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake Master
Erythrina herbacea Coralbean
Euonymus atropurpurea Eastern Wahoo
Eupatorium greggii Gregg's Mistflower
Eupatorium havanense Fragrant Mistflower
Eustoma exaltatum Texas Bluebells
Eysenhardtia texana Texas Kidneywood
Forestiera pubescens Elbow Bush
Frangula caroliniana Indian Cherry
Gaura lindheimeri, 'Whirling Butterflies' Gaura, 'Whirling Butterflies'
Geum canadense White avens
Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian Sunflower
Hesperaloe nocturna Night Blooming Yucca
Hesperaloe parviflora Red Yucca
Hibiscus coccineus  Texas Star Hibiscus
Hydrangea quercifolia Hydrangea, Oak Leaf
Ilex decidua Possumhaw
Ilex vomitoria 'Pride of Houston' Yaupon, 'Pride of Houston'
Ilex vomitoria, 'Will Fleming' Holly,'Will Fleming'
Ipomopsis rubra Standing Cypress
Iris sp. Louisiana Iris mixed colors
Juglans nigra Black walnut
Juniperus virginiana Eastern Red Cedar
Justicia americana American Water Willow
Lantana camara 'Anne Marie' Lantana, Anne Marie
Lantana camara 'Confetti'  Lantana, Confetti
Lantana horrida Texas Lantana
Lantana montevidensis Trailing Lantana
Lantana x 'New Gold' Lantana, New Gold
Leucaena retusa Goldenball Lead Tree
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compactum'   Compact Texas Sage
Leucophyllum frutescens  Texas Green Sage
Liatris spicata Gayfeather
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flower
Lonicera sempervirens Coral honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens 'Sulphurea' Coral Honeysuckle, Yellow
Lupinus texensis Texas Bluebonnet
Malpighia glabra Dwarf Barbados cherry
Malus ioensis v. texana Blanco Crabapple
Malvaviscus arboreus v. drummondii Red Turkscap
Malvaviscus arboreus v. drummondii Pink Turkscap
Marsilea macropoda Water Clover
Melica nitens Threeflower Melic
Monarda didyma, 'Jacob Cline' Red Beebalm
Monarda 'Peter's Purple' Peter's Purple Beebalm
Morus rubra Red mulberry
Muhlenbergia capillaris Gulf Coast Muhly
Muhlenbergia reverchonii Seep Muhly
Mulenbergia lindheimeri Big Muhly
Nassella tenuissima Mexican Feathergrass
Opuntia ellisiana Prickley Pear, Spineless
Packera obovata Golden Groundsel
Passiflora incarnata Purple Passionflower
Pavonia lasiopetala Rock Rose
Penstemon baccharifolius Rock Penstemon
Penstemon cobaea Prairie Foxglove
Penstemon murrayanus Scarlet Penstemon
Penstemon tenuis Brazos penstemon
Penstemon triflorus Hill Country Penstemon
Persea palustris Swamp bay tree
Phlox paniculata, 'David' Phlox, White fragrant
Phlox paniculata, 'Robert Poore' Phlox, Dark Pink
Phlox pilosa Fragrant Phlox
Phlox pilosa v. Forest Frost Forest Phlox
Phyla nodiflora var. incisa  Texas Frogfruit
Physostegia virginiana Fall Obedient Plant
Prunella vulgaris Self Heal
Prunus mexicana Mexican Plum
Prunus serotina v. exima Escarpment Black Cherry
Quercus buckleyi x shumardii Red Oak, Austin Area
Quercus laceyi Lacey oak
Quercus macrocarpa Burr oak
Quercus muhlenbergii Chinquapin Oak
Quercus rhysophylla Loquat oak
Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat
Rhus aromatica Aromatic sumac
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac
Rhus lanceolata Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf
Ribes aureum Buffalo Currant
Rivina humilis Pigeonberry
Rosa setigera Pink Prairie Rose (thornless)
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Brown-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia maxima Giant Coneflower
Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie' Dwarf Mexican Petunia
Salvia azurea Big Blue Sage
Salvia blepharophylla Diablo Eyelash Sage
Salvia coccinea Tropical Sage
Salvia farinacea 'Augusta Duelberg' Mealy Cup Sage--White
Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg' Mealy Cup Sage--Blue
Salvia greggi 'Fancy Dancer' Pink Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii 'Blue Note' Autumn Sage, 'Blue Note'
Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' Autumn Sage, 'Lipstick'
Salvia greggii 'Pink' Autumn Sage, Pink
Salvia greggii 'Red' Autumn Sage, Red
Salvia greggii 'Teresa' Autumn Sage, 'Teresa'
Salvia greggii 'White' Autumn Sage, White
Salvia greggii X 'Ultra Violet' Ultra Violet Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii, 'Coral' Autumn Sage, Coral
Salvia leucantha Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia lyrata Lyre-leaf Sage
Salvia macrophylla 'Purple Leaf' Purple Big Leaf Sage
Salvia nemorosa, 'Blue Hill' Sky Blue Sage
Salvia penstemonoides Big Red Sage
Salvia roemeriana Cedar Sage
Salvia sinaloensis Sinaloan Blue Sage
Salvia X jamensis 'Sierra San Antonio' Autumn Sage, 'Sierra San Antonio'
Salvia X 'Silke's Dream' Silke's Dream Sage
Sapindus saponaria Soapberry, Western
Savlia greggii 'Jarrell' Autumn Sage, 'Jarrell'
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Scutellaria suffrutescens Pink Texas Skullcap
Scutellaria wrightii Blue Texas Skullcap
Scuttellaria ovata Heartleaf Skullcap
Scuttellaria suffrutescens Pink Texas Skullcap
Scuttellaria wrightii Purple Skullcap
Silphium albiflorum White rosinweed
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium californicum Yellow-eyed Grass
Sophora affinis Eve's Necklace
Sophora secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel
Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass
Stachys coccinea Texas Betony
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus   Coralberry
Tagetes lemmonii Copper Canyon Daisy
Tagetes lucida Mexican Mint Marigold
Tecoma stans 'Gold Star' Esperanza 'Gold Star'
Tecoma stans var. angustata  Yellow Bells
Tecoma stans var. 'Sangria'  Bicolor Bells
Tetraneuris scaposa Four-nerve Daisy
Teucrium canadense American germander
Thelypteris kunthii Wood fern
Thymus serpyllum Creeping Thyme, 'Pink Chintz'
Tradescantia andersoniana, 'Concord Grape' Spiderwort, 'Concord Grape'
Tradescantia andersoniana, 'Zwanenburg Blue' Spiderwort, 'Zwanenburg Blue'
Ulmus crassifolia Cedar Elm
Ungnadia speciosa Mexican Buckeye
Verbena bipinnatifida Prairie Verbena
Verbesina virginica Frostweed
Vernonia lindheimeri Wooly Ironweed
Viburnum rufidulum Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum
Viguiera stenoloba   Skeleton Leaf Goldeneye
Viola missouriensis Missouri violet
Wedelia hispida Zexmenia
Wisteria frutescens Texas Wisteria
Yucca rupicola Twist-leaf Yucca
Zanthoxylum clava-hercules Toothache Tree
  • Basil African Blue 
  • Basil Genovese 
  • Basil Sweet Thai 
  • Chives Garlic 
  • Chives Onion 
  • Cilantro  
  • Dill Bouquet 
  • Dill Chamomile R. 
  • Dill Fernleaf Dill
  • Lemon Balm 
  • Dill Rue 
  • Dill Watercress 
  • Fennel Sweet 
  • Lavender Sweet 
  • Mint Chocolate 
  • Mint Julep 
  • Mint Spearmint 
  • Oregano Italian 
  • Oregano Mexican 
  • Parsley Curled
  • Parsley Italian 
  • Rosemary Hardy 
  • Rosemary Trailing 
  • Sage Bergartten 
  • Sage Garden 
  • Sage Purple 
  • Thyme English 
  • Thyme Lemon 
  • Thyme Wedgewood 

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney, Texas (Collin County). The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard's mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more about the Heard, click here.

*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.