Bring Conservation Home--Native Plants

Landscaping with Native Plants

Using native plants in your landscaping plans is the single, most important step in attracting birds, butterflies and other native animals to your backyard habitat. The two groups evolved together over countless generations, many times becoming uniquely adapted to each other. Consider the Monarch butterfly-while the adult can feed on nectar from many different plants, the Monarch caterpillar can only feed on plants in the native milkweed family.

Native plants are also adapted to the climate of our region, including the hot summers and cold winters. Once established, natives require very little maintenance and often no supplemental watering. They come in a variety of attractive colors, shapes and sizes—suitable for any setting, formal or not. Our Bring Conservation Home technicians are trained to help you select native plants to fit your unique circumstances.

Additional information can be found a the links below:

In general

  • Grow Native, the Missouri Conservation and Agriculture Department’s joint venture promoting native plants.

In the News


Books on native plants

Native plants for sale

Tale Feathers
SLAS Newsletter

SLAS Events


    • 2017 Cathleen Creley Conservation Grant more info
    • Bring Conservation Home Volunteer Training more info
    • Register for Hog Island Audubon Camp more info
    • Bring Conservation Home feature in Times newspapers more info
    • St. Louis Audubon turns 100 more info
    • Missouri Legislators Propose Overhaul of State Conservation Dept more info
    • SLAS Announces 2014 Annual Appeal more info
    • Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report more info
    • Get Involved in SLAS Conservation more info
    • SLAS Volunteers Assist with Purple Martin Leg Banding--Post Dispatch more info
    • Open pipes are found to be death traps for birds more info