What Are Native Plants?
They are plants that have been growing naturally in a particular area before humans introduced other plants from distant locations. Native plants typically grow in communities with species adapted to specific soil, moisture and weather conditions. Download Native Plant List for a complete list of local native plants.
Want to Replace Your Invasive Plants with Native Alternatives?
Download Native Plant Alternative List for a complete list of native plant alternatives to commonly available invasive plants.
How Can Native Plants Help?
Native plants have deeper root systems that help the soil absorb and retain water.
Does the Root Zone Matter?
Yes. Native plants can reach deep into the ground to find water during dry periods. When it rains, their long roots help storm water infiltrate the soil and recharge the ground water. Some native plants, such as Common Ninebark, have root zones that extend 16 feet into the ground!
What is the Benefit of Native Plants?
Native Plant Maintenance Requirements
Low. Low. Low. Native plants have evolved and adapted to local conditions over thousands of years. They don’t require chemicals and once they are established they don’t require irrigation. This saves the homeowner time and money!
Native Plants and Water Infiltration
Deep roots penetrate the soil and allow water to run along the pore space created by the plant’s thin fibrous roots. Increased water infiltration helps recharge the creek and keep our water cleaner.
Native Plants and Wildlife
Native plants have co-evolved with native insects over thousands of years. Local insects need native plants to survive. Most insects don’t recognize or cannot eat non-native plant species. Without native plants, insect populations will continue to decline. Many animals depend partially or wholly on insect protein for food. Fewer native plants result in fewer insects available to feed wildlife, and therefore less wildlife.
Local Plant Sales & Native Plant Nurseries
The top 4 locations below have generously offered a 10% discount to WVWA members. Please visit the organization's website to check for upcoming sales.