The Southern Appalachians have the richest diversity
of native plants anywhere outside of the tropics. Abundant rainfall,
a range of elevation, and variety of soils all contribute to the
dazzling variety of native species. These are plants that have lived
here for thousands of years and were not introduced by people.
Growing natives helps sustain and maintain the
diversity of our mountain ecosystem. Whether you live in the city,
in the woods, or on a farm, you can grow natives. Diverse in number,
design, and color, native plants are a key part of our rich, natural
heritage, like a patchwork quilt passed down for generations.