Becoming a member of PNPS helps to support our mission of advocating conservation of native plants and their habitats and promote the increased use of native plants in the landscape
Volunteer -Your help is needed!
There are always opportunities to help, regardless of your level of expertise. Click the button to see what volunteer opportunities area available.
Looking for Annual Meeting Committee Members
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the PNPS Annual Meeting in September. Duties involve arranging for speakers, coordinating a location, etc. Please contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Striped or Spotted Wintergreen, Pipsissewa - Chimaphila maculata
Whatever you call it, walking in the woods in the winter is a good time to see Striped Wintergreen, as its evergreen foliage is more very visible against the snow or brown leaves on the ground. Only 3-5 inches tall, Striped Wintergreen produces a stalk with 1 – 2 waxy white flowers in late spring followed by red seed capsules in the fall. It prefers partial sun to medium shade, dry mesic conditions, and an acidic soil containing some rocky material or sand.
If you have a favorite plant or photo, send it to email@example.com for a future publication.
Photo courtesy of Roseann Kutz
Mt Cuba Winter Lecture Series - Various programs - click here for schedule.
May 5, 2018 -Central Pa Native Plant Festival, Boal Mansion, Boalsburg. The vendor and plant list is now available. You can contact a vendor directly to pre-order plants. click here for details
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