Native Plant Garden
Native plants are beautiful and they are generally
hardier and require less water than non-natives, once
established. One more important reason to grow native
plants is less well known. Because our butterflies and
other plant eating insects evolved with native plants
and because they go through a complete metamorphosis,
at the early stages they need a specific native plant
(called a ‘host plant’) on which to lay their eggs so
that the when the caterpillars emerge they will have
something digestible to eat; just any green leaf won’t
do. The Master Gardener Native Plant Garden at the Parks
at Chehaw is designed to share the beauty of native
plants along with important gardening tips and advice.
We hope you’ll stop by soon!
Radium Springs Gardens
Butterflies are important pollinators
as well as a good source of food for other animals.
Birds, insects and frogs all prey on butterfly larvae
and adults. To compensate for their population loss,
most butterflies are prolific breeders, laying hundreds
of eggs twice a year.
Butterflies serve as environmental indicators due to
their rapid response to climatic and habitat changes.
The absence of some species in a particular region could
be linked to habitat loss and degradation.