Native plants are well adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. They provide nectar and pollen that serve as food for native butterflies and other pollinators as well as food and shelter for wildlife, helping to create a fully functioning and self-sustaining ecosystem. Native species require less maintenance, needing fewer fertilizers and pesticides than non-native varieties, reducing the amount of chemical runoff and contamination to surrounding soils and water sources. They also require less water for establishment and peak performance, as well as high deer resistance, both valuable attributes in our Texas climate. Increased use of native plants promotes local biodiversity and stewardship of our regionally specific, natural heritage.