Native plants are plants that are natural to a specific area, unlike non-native plants that have generally been introduced to the area for agricultural or horticultural reasons. Native plants have thrived in the area for centuries and have developed alongside native soils, climate, animals, fungi, and bacteria. Native plant species are best able to support native animals and insects because they have evolved together. Some insects rely on specific native plants, such as the monarch butterfly, which relies on milkweed during the caterpillar stage. Non-native plants do not provide animals and insects with the same level of nourishment.
Check out our guides to the Top Ten Native Plants for each region:
Check out the links below for more information on how you can support native plants:
Ontario & Quebec