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Native Plant Enthusiast +Solar

Your friendly neighborhood solar installer is crazy about native plants

Did you know that team at Texas Direct Solar, your friendly neighborhood solar installer is crazy about native plants? In fact, it’s something we bond with our customers over. We often propagate and share seeds or plants to make their lives easier! Heck we love it!

For example, here are some antelope milkweed cuttings we propagated for the Parker Elementary school garden on the southwest side of Houston. As the name suggests Antelope Milkweed is a member of the “Milkweed family and a special favorite of the Monarch and Queen butterflies”.

So what are Native plants?

I think the Audobon sums it up best by saying “Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved”. 

Why do we do this?

Native plants are not only great to look at but they come with a range of benefits.

Low maintenance:

Native plants are easy to grow and rarely require much maintenance once they get established. The great news is that if you let them go to seed they’ll keep coming back so you’re not constantly having to go to the plant store to spend more $$$–which is awesome.

Low maintenance also means that native plants are Texas tough and don’t require chemical pesticides or fertilizers which helps wildlife and generally makes your community healthier. Just in case you needed more benefits here’s one more native plants do not require nearly as much water providing savings on those water bills.

Beauty:

Just because they evolved here doesn’t mean that native plants lack charisma. They often have showy flowers, interesting shapes, or a combination of both. In addition to their looks, another attractive feature of native plants is seeing the variety of pollinators that love them hummingbirds, moths, native bees, and so on.

Wildlife

Native plants provide benefits to a wide range of species, including birds, butterflies, moths, and bats. Not only do they offer habitats for many animals the native nuts, but seeds, and fruits produced by these plants are also important sources of food for wildlife.

Wrapping up

So if you’re curious about Native plants we recommend checking out some of the resources below.

Since Texas Direct Solar is a renewable energy and backup power company we should probably include a witty plug to tie our services to the subject of native plants. So here it goes: native plants are durable and self-sufficient, much like many of our customers after they go solar. If that is subject that you would like to learn more about…. 

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Resources

Great Native Plant databases

Audubon

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Native Plant Society- Houston

For seeds or plants:

Houston Audubon Native Nursery

Native American Seed

 

If you have any more suggestions send us a note and we’ll add it to the list 🙂