In our ever changing landscape, it is important to cater to our native wildlife species. Many exotic plant species do not provide the food that our native wildlife need to survive.
According to the National Park Service,
Native plant species provide the keystone elements for ecosystem restoration. Native plants help to increase the local population of native plant species, providing numerous benefits. There are specific associations of mycorrhizae with plants, invertebrates with woody debris, pollinators with flowers, and birds with structural habitat that can only be rebuilt by planting native plants.
Advantages of native plants:
A prime example of a wildlife species that depends on native plants is the Monarch Butterfly.
Why Native Plants Matter - Audubon
Butterfly Gardens Fact Sheet- CT DEEP
Bringing Nature Home
Connecticut Botanical Society
For a full list of native butterfly plants, click on the NRCS website link here.