Native plants are plants found in a region that were not introduced with the help of
humans. Michigan native plants were historically found throughout the state prior to
What are Native Plants?
Michigan Native Plants
How can I use Native Plants?
More Information About Native Plants
Why are Native Plants Beneficial?
Native plants are adapted to the area's climate and have deep root systems that are very
effective at capturing water. As a result, native plants:
• Protect water quality
• Reduce flooding
• Reduce soil erosion
• Filter contaminants from rain water
• Require little to no fertilizer or watering
Native plant species are also beneficial to wildlife that may depend on them as a source
of food or as part of their habitat.
There are many ways in which you can use native plants to benefit you and the wildlife
on your property:
• In gardens around your home
• In greenbelts along shorelines to improve water quality
• Around other gardens to increase the presence of beneficial insects and pollinators
• To improve habitat for wildlife throughout your property