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Native plants are those that evolved in South Texas before humans introduced plants from distant places. They have been here a long time and have adapted to the soil and temperature conditions over hundreds or thousands of years. Once native plants are established they usually require little additional watering and fertilization. They also resist most pests and diseases in the area. Our wildlife prefers their food value provided by beans to nuts.

The native plants of South Texas play an important role in providing food and shelter for both people and wildlife. Many of the plants provided food, fuel, fiber, dyes and medicines for the early inhabitants, as well as the present residents.

Our native trees, shrubs and flowers are unique and add a lot of character to your garden. Natives provide natural balance and beauty to South Texas.

There are many benefits to Naturescaping your backyard.

  • Saves Water Natives in south Texas were born to be drought tolerant
  • Saves Money and Time Naturescapes require less maintenance
  • Feeds Birds & Wildlife Many of our birds depend on our native plants that produce berries and legumes. Designing a naturescape means you’re also designing to support birds and butterflies in your backyard.
  • Adds Color and Character Native plants are interesting and uncommon and will turn an average garden into an esthetically interesting garden.
  • Preserves our Natural History Planting natives helps preserve the history and wildlife of South Texas

The Rio Grande Valley is known as one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country. Currently there are over 1,000 documented plant species in this area. Quinta Mazatlan has a small remnant of the South Texas vegetation that once covered the Rio Grande Valley. The plants are well adapted to a hot, semi-arid climate. Most of the plants have thorns for protection. So we fondly call our natural habitat a “Thornforest”.

Thornforests occur mostly in somewhat dry, subtropical parts of the world. They are composed mostly of thorny shrubs and small trees. Thornforests often occur as impenetrable thickets. They cover a large area in southwestern North America, southwestern Africa, and also occur in South America, Australia, and other parts of Africa. Many names have been used regarding our Thornforest including Brush Country (El Monte), Brushlands, Thorn Scrub and Thorn Woodland.

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McAllen, TX 78504

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