Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals. Because they support more insects than non-native plants do, they also support insectivorous birds and mammals in ways that non- natives do not. Unlike natives, common horticultural plants often do not provide energy rewards for pollinators and are typically unpalatable to the insects that support local food webs.
Native plants are also advantageous because:
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|Dry||No sign of moisture|
|Moist||Looks and feels damp|
|Sun||6 or more hours of sun|
|Part Shade||2 to 6 hours of sun|
|Shade||Less than 2 hours of sun|
source: Planting For Wildlife in Northern Virginia pg. 3
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