Native plants are plants that have been in this region for hundreds of years and have evolved to withstand the local climate and ecological pressures. They naturally reduce polluted runoff. 

Among their benefits, native plants are: 

  • well-adapted to local environmental conditions 
  • maintain or improve soil fertility 
  • reduce erosion 
  • require less fertilizer and pesticides 
native plants, photo from BlueThumb

Native plants provide food and shelter for many of Minnesota’s insects, birds and animals and often prefer them over non-native plants. 

Native plants come in all shapes and sizes. You may already be familiar with many of them. Black-eyed Susan, columbine, and bee balm are all native to Minnesota. They are easier to maintain than non-native plants and will typically save you time and money. 

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