WHY NATIVE PLANTS?

Ask yourself: What other plants contribute all of the benefits listed below?

Native Plants:

  • Co-evolved with local wildlife for thousands of years. They are wildlife’s basic life support system, providing food, clean water, nesting areas, shelter and more.  
  • Convert the sun’s energy into energy for local herbivores who eat only native plants (ie. Monarchs). This energy sustains other wildlife in the food web, which in turn sustains humans and local ecosystems.  
  • In our landscapes, provide “rest stops” between natural areas and parks with wildlife habitat, which are often far apart. 
  • Improve the quality of our drinking water, rivers, lakes and streams. Their deep root systems filter out pollutants, and absorb run-off like giant underground sponges. 

  • Add organic matter deep down into our soil, as old roots continuously die and new roots grow. This converts to nutrients. It improves clay soils. It also increases carbon sequestration and sustains soil communities (ants, fungi, microorganisms, …).
  • Benefit food gardens and farms by attracting pollinators and beneficial wildlife, decreasing pests, and absorbing irrigation and fertilizer runoff. 
  • Are becoming endangered or threatened, impacting the wildlife they sustain. Monarchs and the Rusty Patched bumble bee were once common, but are now in steep decline.

  • Are beautiful in color, texture, scent and sound. 
Photo of Monarch Caterpillar on Common Milkweed

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