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A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

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Sunday - March 14, 2004

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: User Comments, Wildflower Center
Title: Why use native plants
Answered by: Sage Kawecki

QUESTION:

Why use native plants?

ANSWER:

Native plants provide an essential role in the environment including economic benefits from reduced energy costs, water and maintenance; ecological benefits including enhancing ecosystem stability and reducing chemical use; and aesthetic benefits through the beauty and regional natural heritage they provide.

 

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