The desire for exotic plants is coming at an enormous price. Over 50,000 non-native species in our ecosystems have cost Americans more than $120 billion, and six agencies in the Department of Agriculture work to control invasive species.
Exotic species can eradicate local plants in our natural environments, causing negative effects on local bird and insect populations, and create wildlife deserts in our landscapes. And the local sense of place is lost. Think of the tall oaks in the Piedmont or cacti in the Southwest.
Whether you’re designing your personal residence or a city park – stick to your local roots.