Native Plant Resources
Why Native Plants?
On sites that have been degraded and have lost their original plant diversity, we sow seed and plant plugs of native species to increase diversity and to provide habitat for wildlife. Insects, such as flies, moths and butterflies, bees and wasps, and beetles help many plants reproduce by spreading pollen in exchange for the nectar they harvest as food. Ants play an important role in seed dispersal, carrying seeds of some plants long distances from the parent plant. Birds and mammals eat plants and insects, and the web continues from there.
In our modern landscape, natural areas can be separated by roads, utility corridors, agricultural land, and residential neighborhoods - all potential barriers to the movement of animals… and plants. Native plants in any of these settings can provide safe passage between areas of more “natural” habitat for those important pollinators and seed dispersers, giving the “web of life” a “web” of habitat to live in. Planting native plants in your own garden can make a real difference.
Where to Acquire Native Plants
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE NATIVE PLANTS FROM PUBLIC NATURAL AREAS.
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