Why Plant Native Plants?

"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.

Golden Currant

Native Plants

Prickly Pear Cactus

Native plants can be as attractive as exotics!

Lewis’ Flax

* from "Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area" by Robert D. Dorn and Jane L. Dorn, (c) 2007.

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