Why landscape with native plants? Because plants from faraway places can’t sustain South Carolina birds. Our birds are adapted to our insects. Our insects are adapted to our plants. A native oak hosts more than 500 species of caterpillars. If you planted an exotic ginko instead, that number would drop to four.
And caterpillars matter. Many birds rely on protein-rich insects to survive. One clutch of chickadees, for example, gobbles down 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars before they leave the nest.
So what if homeowners, developers, and landscapers throughout South Carolina decided to “go native”? Cities and suburbs now cover 10 to 15 percent of our state – and they’re growing. In these areas, more than 80 percent of plants are currently exotic species.
A statewide shift to landscaping with native plants could ensure the survival of literally millions of birds.
So let’s get started . . . yesterday! Check out the beautiful plants that are native to your area. Investigate South Carolina’s native nurseries. And please share your contact information so we can be in touch.
PROJECT CONTACT: Heather Hulton VanTassel