Native plant species have evolved over millennia according to natural processes. These plants would have existed in our Kansas landscape prior to the widespread European settlement of the 1800s. Because these plants developed naturally under local conditions, they are well-adapted to the region’s climate and soils. They also support the pollinators and wildlife that have evolved in the same area. They contribute much more than exotic species to habitat richness.
Many gardeners are already familiar with the many benefits of including native perennials and grasses in their landscapes. Chief among these is the reduced maintenance required in terms of watering needs, and pesticide and fertilizer application. This is as true on small city lots as on rural acreage.
- Why Plant Native Trees and Shrubs? – created by Douglas County Master Gardeners
- Native Plants (K-State) – includes information about plants and shrubs