While steadily increasing in popularity, there are still questions on what a native plant actually is. Native plants have adapted to their local environment physically, chemically, and genetically for thousands of years and have therefore become a vital part of the local ecosystem. If a native plant has been taken and cultivated, it is no longer considered native because it has decreased the genetic diversity of the plant. Since native plants have adapted to live in local conditions, they are beneficial to add to the landscape because of their low-maintenance and cost effectiveness. To learn more, visit http://www.dupagerivers.org/native-plants-101/