Native plants provide wildlife habitat in home gardens and commercial landscapes.
(undated) NC State University website by North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the NC Forest Service. With habitat disappearing at an alarming rate, you can help provide wildlife with an oasis of the habitat they need to thrive. The native plants that you use can meet the needs, including food and cover, of native wildlife without causing long-term damage to local plant communities. With the right diversity of native plants in your urban landscape, you can provide:
• Protective cover for many animals.
• Seeds, nuts, and fruits for squirrels and other mammals.
• Seeds, fruits, and insects for birds.
• Nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies.
• Larval host plants for butterfly caterpillars.