It may be hot and humid out there, but a lot of our favorite plant ancestors came from the tropics and gradually acclimated to also surviving winter, as we have done ourselves.
There are many plants I like, and many more I appreciate. The Gray-headed Coneflower, such a pretty symbol of the prairie. The stately, jagged Compass Plant, towering overhead on thick, fuzzy stems.
Populations of plants and animals are constantly attempting to adapt to the shifts and changes in their environment. For example, within a decade after Roundup herbicide came into general use in the Midwest, Roundup-ready weeds began to appear.
Native plant communities are the foundation of ecological restoration. Land practitioners spend most of their time trying to re-establish native flora with the hope that native fauna will follow.