Native plants grow naturally in the region where they evolved. Plants evolve based on characteristics of a region including soils, moisture, sunlight, temperatures, and the other plant and animal species in the region. Natives have the mix of characteristics to help them thrive in the area from which they evolved. This makes them particularly well-suited for landscaping, restoration, and even livestock forage. In addition to having natural resistance to local diseases and insects, native plants also help to maintain the unique ecological characteristics of an area, support the habitat needs of pollinators and local wildlife, and protect our water resources by conserving water and stabilizing soil.
The TJSWCD has the “Piedmont Native Plants” guidebook for sale. Books are $10 each, or $7 each if purchased by the box (40 books per box), plus shipping if needed. Please contact Mary at 434-975-0224, Ext. 102, or mary.eiserman [@] tjswcd.org if you are interested.