Wildtype Design, Native Plants & Seed was established in 1996. For the past 20 years we have specialized in growing plants native to Michigan, from Michigan genotypes. We grow trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers typical of Michigan woodlands, wetlands and prairies. It is our objective to propagate nursery stock with enough genetic diversity to create self-sustaining populations. Therefore the vast majority of our plants are grown from wild seed stock. This is what we mean when we say our plants are borne to be wild.
Wildtype also provides ecological services for public, commercial and residential projects focusing on restoration and preservation of native landscapes.
The name of the nursery, WILDTYPE, is borrowed from the genetic term "wild type," which describes individuals with the most common genes in the native population. The name reflects the genetic status of the plants being propagated – they are grown from wild seed stock. Our plants have not been bred or intentionally selected for uniformity. The seeds (and in some cases cuttings) of all the species listed were collected in Michigan and many from multiple sources. An accession number accompanies all the plants and seeds we sell. This number identifies when and where the seeds or cuttings were collected and where and how they were grown and handled. This information can be supplied upon request.