You can buy native plants at annual native plant sales, held by your state’s Native Plant Society, nature centers and habitat programs at select affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation. More and more independent garden centers and nurseries are carrying native plants as well.
Note: Never collect native plants from the wild, as it can diminish these populations and damage ecosystems.
The caterpillars of butterflies and moths feed on the leaves of native plants. Each species has its own caterpillar host plants. Without host plants, these important and beautiful insects cannot complete their life cycles and their populations decline.
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