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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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