According to the National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, native plants provide the best overall food sources for native wildlife and may support 10 to 50 times as many species as non-native plants. Not only are native birds adapted to native food sources, but native plants offer native wildlife both familiar nesting sites and useful cover. Another advantage is native plants generally demand less fertilizer, water, and pest control in the landscape, since they’re adapted to regional soils and climate.
Native plants are increasingly available for sale in Idaho’s progressive nurseries. For information on specific species, see: