Why Plant Native?
There are many reasons to plant native plants in your yard! Native plants are great to include in any garden space as they encourage bird activity by providing habitat as well as seeds while providing nectar to pollinator species such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, making them beneficial to the environment as well as aesthetically appealing.
Some native plants make for great erosion control, especially some of our grasses and forbs. Native plants are superior to the non-native plants in many cases where there is erosion. Non-native annual grasses only live one season and therefore establish shallow root systems yet promote quick vegetative growth, thus looking like a large well established plant but ultimately having a weak root system. Our state grass, Purple Needle Grass (Stipa pulchra), is a long lived perennial (live for multiple years) and has most of its biomass beneath the soil surface, with roots extending to 6 feet deep or more. The native grass’ extensive root system has far more holding capacity than the non-native annuals.
We encourage medicinal plants to be incorporated into gardens to help alleviate some of the pressures that humans put on wild populations of certain species. Wild harvesting is a special thing that comes from a deep ancestral desire within many of us, but due to habitat fragmentation and pressures from overpopulation it is becoming evident that the people need to become more involved and be provided with the tools to do so. Santa Cruz Native Seeds aims to provide some plants to as many people as need or want them, we aim to educate ourselves, and educate others as our little business evolves.