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Why Native Seeds are Important

Native Plants and seeds are adapted to the environment in which they live making them resilient to drought, salt, or any other type of challenge they have to take on. The importance of native plants is a promotion of diversity. With native flowers, you can bring in native pollinators to the garden. When you promote diversity within native species, there is more resiliency. In today's world, many native plants have started to disappear due to monocultures, urban development, or other destructive factors. By collecting and planting seeds that are native to the area in which we live, we can help increase diversity within species, promote a more resilient garden and provide a place for native pollinators.

Source: Native Seeds: An Unrecognized and Undervalued Resource 

Resources for Arizona Native Seeds

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.