Using native plants in your landscaping plans is the single, most important step in attracting birds, butterflies and other native animals to your backyard habitat. The two groups evolved together over countless generations, many times becoming uniquely adapted to each other. Consider the Monarch butterfly-while the adult can feed on nectar from many different plants, the Monarch caterpillar can only feed on plants in the native milkweed family.
Native plants are also adapted to the climate of our region, including the hot summers and cold winters. Once established, natives require very little maintenance and often no supplemental watering. They come in a variety of attractive colors, shapes and sizes—suitable for any setting, formal or not. Our Bring Conservation Home technicians are trained to help you select native plants to fit your unique circumstances.
- Grow Native, the Missouri Conservation and Agriculture Department’s joint venture promoting native plants.
In the News
- Bring Conservation Home in Times newspapers (Oct. 2015) (Bring Conservation Home Podcast referenced in article)
- Bring Conservation Home in Times newspapers (Jul. 2015)
- Planting a future for Monarch butterflies, by CBS Sunday Morning
- The Value of Having Native Plants in our Yards
- Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors
Books on native plants
- Bringing Nature Home: A Case for Native Gardening by Doug Tallamy
- Missouri Wildflowers by Edgar Dennison
Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People by Dave TylkaUnfortunately, this book is no longer available through the Missouri Department of Conservation. St. Louis Audubon has new copies available for $25, while supplies last. Contact Mitch for the price and to purchase via e-mail or (314) 599-7390. Otherwise, you might try Amazon.
- Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri by Don Kurz
- Shaw Nature Reserve Native Landscaping Manual for the St. Louis Region
Native plants for sale
- Grow Native list of native plant retailers
- Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, the state’s premier year-round source for native plants
- Shaw Nature Reserve’s Fall Wildflower Sale
When you are ready to join us in building urban wildlife habitat, complete the survey request form and the Program Coordinator will contact you for appointment scheduling.