Why Native Plants?

In the United States, we have planted roughly 62,500 square miles, approximately 40 million acres, in turf grass. What we have lost in that process is the native plants that bring wildlife, beauty and function to our yards and green spaces.

Native plants, meaning those that have been a part of the 8,000 year ecosystem that existed where Kansas City now stands, are essential for thriving butterflies, birds, pollinators and a variety of other wildlife. These plants, specially adapted to our climate, soils and environment, are the hosts for the web of life that sustains the planet and all life on it.

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