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Functions and values of

native plants and seed

Native landscapes contribute

to immediate and long-term

ecosystem benefits, such as:


Achieving green building site design goals


Benefit Monarchs and pollinators


Enhancing natural beauty


Increasing wildlife habitat


Managing nutrient loading


Managing stormwater


Mitigating habitat impacts


Providing public education


Reducing operational costs and

long-term maintenance


Restoring watersheds

Advantages of Native Vegetation

Native plants are species that are indigenous to a particular habitat within a specific bio-geographic region.

They have certain characteristics that contribute to their success. They:

> Are adapted to the region’s soil, hydrology, and climate

> Have evolved defenses to many diseases and insect pests

> Create deep and extensive root systems, which help

to stabilize the soil column and create an environment

favorable to building fertile soils rich in organic matter

> Absorb excess nutrients from runoff, enhancing infiltration

during periods of heavy rain as well as drought

> Provide habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds,

and beneficial insects, to create greater biodiversity

Compared to Kentucky Bluegrass (item 10), native plants have deep and complex root structures.