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Virginia Natives are the Best Choice

The world and its wildlife need our help now more than ever. As gardeners, one of the best ways to help is by planting Virginia natives. Native plants attract a variety of pollinators and other animals by providing a diverse habitat and nutritious food sources. In this way, native plants support all wildlife by hosting and feeding the insects that form the base of the food web. Through educated and thoughtful practices such as planting natives, we gardeners have the opportunity to play an important role in helping wildlife and the world.

Click the name below to learn about some of Virginia’s beautiful native plants. Each link provides an image, preferred growing conditions, environmental value, and other interesting information.

Below is a list of sources to obtain more information on native plants:

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage

Plant Virginia Natives

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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