Native Plants

Gardening and landscaping with native plants can help improve both natural and built environments. Native plants are naturally adapted to the local climate, weather, and soil conditions. Once established, native plants do not need pesticides or fertilizers and require minimal watering, which reduces water consumption and stormwater run-off.

What Are Native Plants?

A native plant is a plant species that occurs naturally in a particular region, state, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human actions. This generally means plant species that existed prior to European contact.

Why do we need Native Plants

Native plants are the foundation of most food webs and provide vital habitat for wildlife, including critical pollinators like the Monarch butterfly. Native gardening and landscaping in your yard adds beauty to your home and improves the environment and ecosystem.

What are Invasive Plants?

Non-native plants have the potential to become invasive and harm the environment. Invasive plants are non-native plants that cause economic harm, environmental harm, and/or harm human health. Non-native invasive plants lack natural predators and often have traits such as high seed production and aggressive growth. Invasive species out-compete native plants and negatively affect native wildlife, plant communities, and ecosystems.

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