Erysimum asperum

Erysimum asperum

Gardening with Colorado native plants is important.  The web of life depends on plants. Through photosynthesis, plants convert the sun’s energy into food for insects and other herbivores. These feeders in turn sustain a whole range of wildlife that feed upon them, and so forth, all the way up the food chain.

Our local herbivores are especially adapted to feeding on native plants, and in many cases they feed on only one or a few species of plants. When non-native plants are introduced into the wild, they can compete with native species, sometimes crowding out and destroying natives.

If you like to hike on Colorado’s many trails, you will have occasion to see many flowering plants.  This web site will help you identify and learn about some of these plants.  In my articles, the category “Natives” is a good place to start your Colorado gardening journey.