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Pollinators & Native Plants


What Are Native Plants?

Native plants are species that grow naturally in a particular area or region. Over time, they have evolved to provide a mutually beneficial relationship with native wildlife like butterflies, bees, ants, and even birds and mammals. 

The flowers of some plants evolved to be more attractive to certain pollinators. In turn, pollinators evolved to better feed on the flowers they visit. Some of these pollinator-plant relationships are so exclusive that they often need specific species to feed on or to be pollinated by (specialist), or are more adaptable to a variety of conditions (generalist). Most flowering plants require relationships with pollinators to reproduce.


Why should we plant native plants?

Locally found native plant species are the most adapted to our specific climate, growing seasons, hydrology, and soils, meaning native plants are a great way to get into gardening, even if you think you don't have a green thumb. By choosing plants native to your area, you are providing necessary components of a healthy and thriving ecosystem, right in your own yard! 

What can you do? Learn more below...

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Visit these pages to learn what you can do to help pollinator species.

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Resources for identification of bees and the plants they love.

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A printable checklist to keep track of what is in bloom near you!


Resources for creating rain gardens and native wildflower gardens.


Raising awareness for pollinators and what we can do to protect them. 


Planting guides, conservation tips, and more!


Got milk...weed? Bring us your seed pods for cleaning & redistribution throughout Ohio!

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Creating Healthy Communities Program at Lorain County Public Health compiled this useful directory in 2020.

Why native plants, Ohio's "Plants of Distinction" & more.


Educating students about the sustainable agriculture movement, providing hands-on experience with proven techniques, specialty gardens, and more. 

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