They are hardy to their native regions and provide low maintenance yet beautiful plants often under extreme
conditions. Also, native plants need little water once established and thus reduce water usage and provide texture and color from the otherwise stale, thirsty, grass lawn. Non-natives, or plants that have been imported
from another region, lack the natural predators that provide populations control. Birds eat and digest the seeds, dropping them in undeveloped areas where, left growing unchecked will choke out entire native populations of plant life that wildlife depends upon for food, nesting and shelter. A good example of this is an herbaceous weedy vine known as kudzu, imported from Japan and planted heavily in the 1930's and 1940's to prevent erosion in the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, in this warm, moist environment, kudzu can grow at the rate of 1 foot per day, quickly taking over and choking out native vegetation including trees, plants, vines and anything else in its path.