Benefits of Native Plants

What are the benefits of Native Plants?

  • plants are at the bottom of the food chain and provide food for higher life forms
  • provides food and habitat for all forms of wildlife such as insects, birds, and mammals
  • provides forage for domestic livestock
  • showy flowers are used for ornamental/landscaping uses
  • some plants have medicinal uses
  • provides a carbon sink to store green house gases
  • prevents erosion and filters our water
  • genetic resources not yet discovered for treating disease, improving crops
  • renewable energy source (biomass)
  • trees provide lumber and firewood
  • provide food for human consumption (fruits/nuts)
  • best adapted to local conditions of water, wind, and climate extremes
  • preserving them provides for greater biodiversity