"Native" can be defined many ways. We define native plants as those that grew naturally
in our state prior to the settlement by European immigrants. The plants introduced
by immigrants are "exotics" - not native to this area.
You need to consider soil, available moisture, topography, sun exposure, wind, temperature,
snow cover, and elevation. To be successful with native plants, you need to duplicate
their natural habitat as closely as possible.
are best adapted to our growing conditions
generally need less water than exotics
are more resistant to regional pests and diseases
generally need less care once they are established
Prickly Pear Cactus
Native plants can be as attractive as exotics!
The varieties available for cultivation are numerous
Their use will reduce demand for exotics and help reverse the deterioration of native
landscapes by exotics
* from "Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area" by Robert D. Dorn and Jane
L. Dorn, (c) 2007.