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Native Plants For Attracting Birds In Utah

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Utah Plants for Wildlife Habitat & Conservation Landscaping

The following are WindStar Wildlife Institute’s plant recommendations for wildlife habitats in Utah:


Red & White Alder, Quaking Aspen, River & Paper Birch, Black Cottonwood, Douglas, Grand, & Subalpine Fir, Western Hemlock, Western Larch, Ponderosa, Lodgepole, & Western White Pine, Western Red Cedar, Engelmann Spruce

Bittercherry, Golden Current, Black Hawthorn, Mock-Orange, Red-flowering Current, Serviceberry, Bearberry or Kinnikinnick, Creeping Oregon Grape, Mountain Ash, Elderberry, Blackberry, Snowberry


Cardinals are beautiful birds that are common in Utah.

Welsh’s Milkweed; Autumn Buttercup; Aquarius Indian Paintbrush; Clay Reed Mustard; Deseret, Heliotrope, Holmgren, Horseshoe and Isely Milkvetch; Dwarf Bearclaw Poppy; Flat Tops Wild Buckwheat; Graham Beardtongue; Maguire Daisy; Maguire Primrose; Navajo Sedge; Rabbit Valley Gilia or Wonderland Alice Flower; San Rafael, Siler Pincushion, Uinta Basin Hookless, Winkler Pincushion and Wright Fishhook Cactus; Shrubby Reed Mustard.

June Grass, Mountain Brome, Tufted Hairgrass, Bluegrasses, Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Mountain Brome

The Utah Native Plant Society can provide lists of plants for a specific region.

For more information on improving your wildlife habitat, visit the WindStar Wildlife Institute web site. On the web site, you can also apply to certify your property as a wildlife habitat, register for the “Certified Wildlife Habitat Naturalist e-Learning course, become a member and sign up for the FREE WindStar Wildlife Garden Weekly e-mail newsletter.

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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