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Opuntia sp. growing in a garden on the Hogback just west of Metro Denver, CO What makes a plant “native”?
Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke define a native plant in their book
The Living Landscape as: “a plant or animal that has evolved in a given place over a period of time sufficient to develop complex and essential relationships with the physical environment and other organisms in a given ecological community.”
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Downloads Page for more information on the following Wild Ones PDFs! Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens: Front Range & Foothills Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens: Prairie & Plains Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens: Mountains 7500′ & Above Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens: Western Slope – Below 7000′ Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado Gardens: Southeastern Colorado Edible Landscaping Plant List Handout 20 Natives For Your Garden Gardening for Life by Doug Tallamy Colorado Native Plant Society Gardening With Native Plants Includes resources on introductions to native plants, native plants specific to certain counties in Colorado, information on the Garden Smart program, suggested native plants, plants to avoid, low water plants for Colorado gardens, low water plants for pollinators, native plant vendors, using native plants in restoration, and much more!
Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Native Plant Fact Sheets: Native Trees for Colorado Landscapes – 7.421 Native Shrubs for Colorado Landscapes – 7.422 Native Herbaceous Perennials for Colorado Landscapes – 7.242 Ornamental Grasses – 7.232 (lists both native and non-native grasses) High Altitude Native Grasses Sources of Native Plants (prepared by CSU Extension in Clear Creek County, 05/2018) Colorado Plant Database From the website: “The Colorado Plant Database provides researched-based information on the identification, ecology and human connections for more than 1,000 Colorado native plants as well as non-native invasive weeds.” Colorado Native Plant Master Program provides opportunities to learn about native plants, sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds. Colorado State University Extension Woody Plant App – Google Play Store – AppStore Xerces Society Fact Sheets Information on the Xerces Society, pollinator plant lists, native bee/bumble bee/butterfly/pollinator conservation, and seed mixes. Plant Lists Pollinator-friendly native plant lists by region. Audubon Rockies Resources include how to make a Habitat Hero native plant garden, recommended native plants for birds, native plant database, local resources for native plants, how to make seed balls, and more! Native Plants Database Enter your 5-digit zip code to use Audubon’s native plants database and explore the best plants for birds in your area, as well as local resources and links to more information. Native Plants for Birds National Wildlife Federation The National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder allows you to search by zip code to find plants that host the highest numbers of butterflies and moths to feed birds and other wildlife where you live. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) — Colorado Jefferson Conservation District Colorado Wildflowers Click here to go the website Privately managed site on the many wildflowers of Colorado. Database to search for a particular plant as well as many images available.