Native Plant

Definition - What does Native Plant mean?

A native plant is any plant that grows locally in an area. They are indigenous to an area in geologic time and include plants that occur there naturally, have developed in the particular location, or existed for many years in an area.

Knowing the native plants in your area can help you care better for your local ecosystem. These are the plants that have adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur and help to reduce air pollution, require less water than lawns and require less fertilization.

MaximumYield explains Native Plant

The science of paleobotany allows scientists to identify which plants are native to an area by comparing fossils and specimens of several plants.

Distinguishing native plants from non-native plants can be particularly useful as some non-native plants can take over the ecosystem and upset the balance in the ecosystem. A simple search can help you figure out which plants are native to your area.

When selecting native plants, it is important to know about the geographic origin and genetic diversity of the plant source. It is best to choose a plant source from an area that matches your growing area as closely as possible.

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