Pollinators are the butterflies, bees, birds, and bats who help our plants thrive and propagate. Pollination occurs when these animals travel between plants, bringing pollen on their bodies from one flower to the next. This process is essential for plant reproduction.
Without pollinators, we would lose one out of three bites of our food supply.
Today, most pollinators are under threat. Toxic insecticides interfere with pollinator reproduction and migration, and pesticides kill native plants that pollinators need to survive.
If we want to support our pollinators and other insects, we need native plants. Native plants specifically evolve to their unique geographic region to support to the bugs, butterflies, and birds in that area.
Native plants are much less cost- and time-intensive to grow than other species because they are adapted to that particular area. When they are planted in their native habitat, they require far less water than non-natives and do not require chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Planting native supports local ecosystems of both plants and animals.
To learn more about where to find native plants, visit our Plant List.