Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
“Grow Native! is a native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. Through collaboration with consumers, private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, Grow Native! aims to significantly increase the demand and use of native plants in the Lower Midwest—Missouri, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, and northern Arkansas” (Missouri Prairie Foundation 2015).
Through its promotion of native plant use, Grow Native is supporting monarch conservation efforts by educating gardeners and landowners about the importance and benefits of planting natives. The Missouri Prairie Foundation, Grow Native’s parent organization, owns over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of prairie that contain 11 different species of milkweed and provide excellent habitat for pollinators and an area for teaching about native plants (Missouri Prairie Foundation 2015).