Native plants are plants that were found naturally in the area prior to European settlement. We need to take great care and utilize native plants in our habitat.
Native plants like the little bluestem pictured above and the purple coneflower pictured below offer many benefits compared to non-native plants.
Native plants have adapted to our local environment and will thrive which results in a self-sustaining, low-maintenance habitat.
Butterflies and other pollinators have evolved and formed symbiotic relationships with native plants. Therefore, our habitat will attract more wildlife if we use native plants.
Native plants seldom spread to other environments and become invasive like some non-native plants such as bush honeysuckle, callery pear, multiflora rose, and garlic mustard.
Native plants have extensive, deep root systems. Utilizing native plants will provide significant environmental benefits especially compared to non-native turf grass.