2015-13 A Campsis radicans with Hummingbird by Will Stuart
Bird-Friendly Communities

Bird-Friendly Plants

Native plants play a very important role in providing the necessary fools birds need to survive and thrive as they raise their new chicks.
Photo: Will Stuart
Bird-Friendly Communities

Bird-Friendly Plants

Native plants play a very important role in providing the necessary fools birds need to survive and thrive as they raise their new chicks.

"It's simple: By gardening with native plants, no matter where you live or how small or large your space is, you can help sustain wildlife." - Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home

Your yard -- and the kinds of plants in it -- matters more than you may know. Native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive in a way that non-native plants cannot do. 

Going Native
Native plants are those that occur naturally in an area. North Carolina, with its diverse geography, is home to thousands of native plant species! Our natural wildlife - including birds - have adapted to the resources provided by North Carolina's native plant population. These plants and trees are, in a real sense, home for our birds.

The current population of native plants is becoming displaced by non-native, exotic and often vigorously growing species. These invasive exotic plants encroach on natural habitats and do not provide the nutrients many birds need to survive.

Why are native plants important?
In a word: insects... Almost all land birds require insects to feed their young. Even seed-eating birds often must feed their babies insects to ensure their survival. Insects cannot adapt to eating non-native plants. Less native plants means less insects, which in turn means fewer bird babies growing to adulthood. 

Where to find native plants?
Below, you will find a list of recommended and approved nurseries in North Carolina that specialize in selling native seeds and plants. This list has been compiled by our partner organization, the NC Native Plant Society.  

Find region specific native plant guides below.

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