Why Native Vegetation?

Native plants provide durable cover for Iowa's roadsides. The roots of these plants typically reach depths of 6 to 10 feet. This enables them to withstand drought conditions, high salt concentrations and other environmental stresses.
Root System Native Plants


Benefits of a diverse mix of native vegetation:
  • Improved erosion control and slope stabilization
  • Adaption to a wide range of soil conditions
  • Greater ability to combat weeds
  • Increased infiltration of storm water runoff
  • Increase capture of blowing and drifting snow
  • Improved habitat for pheasants, songbirds and important pollinator species
  • Beautification with colorful wildflowers and native grasses
  • Restoration of our natural heritage