A native plant is one that evolved in a particular region before human introduction of plant material from other continents. Native plants co-evolved with indigenous animals and insects and are sources of food, shelter, and nectar for native wildlife and insects, including beneficials and pollinators. Many of the landscape plants frequently seen in gardens and sold in nurseries are not natives, and some have even escaped garden cultivation to become invasive. Many non-native plants are not used by many species of wildlife. For many of the commonly-seen landscape plantings, there are excellent native alternatives that can serve to please the eye, provide shade, privacy, or pleasant scent – all while supporting indigenous animals, birds, and insects.
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