Plant Native Plants

Native plants are defined as those growing naturally in an area before European settlement. Non-natives or “exotics” are those introduced by people, birds, other animals, wind, and water afterwards. Native plants are those whose growing requirements are well suited to the climate and soil conditions of the area.

The benefits of native plants include the support of wildlife such as beneficial insects, pollinators, and native birds. Native plants are self-sustainable, generally perennials, and they absorb chemicals such as nitrogen and phosphorus, thereby keeping these chemicals from runoff into lakes and streams. Native plants generally require less watering than non-natives and the variety of natives allows for planting in varied landscapes.

Plant native plants at your home or business today. See the Community Initiatives page for local organizations that work with native plants.


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