Native Plants

What is a native plant?

A plant that is a part of the balance of nature that has developed over hundreds or thousands of years in a particular region or ecosystem. (USDA definition)

Why garden with native plants?

Native plants have evolved over thousands of years and, as such, have adapted to local conditions.
  • They flourish without fertilizers or synthetic pesticides and rarely need watering,
    • provide food and habitat for wildlife,
    • contribute to biodiversity,
    • connect us to our home places and help us celebrate the things that make our regions unique,
    • teach us about the world of nature,
  • And last, but not least, they’re beautiful!

Getting started

Selecting plant species from within your geographical region or ecoregion is the best way to select plant species.

Growing native plants from seed

Invasive species

Lawns to Legumes

The Minnesota State Legislature passed the “Lawns to Legumes” bill in 2019 that provides funding for people to install pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns.

The White Bear Lake Seed Library website has an excellent summary of what’s available and how to apply:

Lawns to Legumes