2021 PNPS Facebook Photo Contest
Get your cameras and smart phones ready for the 6th Annual PNPS Facebook Photo Contest. You must be a member of the Facebook group to enter.
To enter, post your photo in the comment section of the Facebook event. We will announce the winner on Facebook on August 6th.
The winning photo will be featured on the back cover of our print newsletter PNPS Notes, Fall 2021. All entries will be posted on our website: http://www.panativeplantsociety.org/facebook-forum.html
Click here for rules and more details
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, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
Common Rosepink - Uncommonly Beautiful
Like common milkweed, common rosepink (Sabatia angularis) is
is not so "common" in appearance. In fact, they are both quite beautiful. Other more descriptive common names for rosepink are rose gentian, marshpink, and bitterbloom. This member of the gentian family is a beautiful wildflower that happens to be biennial. A low rosette of basal leaves forms the first year, and the 1 - 2' tall plant blooms the second year. Rosepink self-seeds readily, so it's a great candidate for a loosely structured garden, meadow, or sunny natural area. The plant tends to wax and wane, so there may be many plants in some years, and they may be sparse in others.
The flowers of rosepink are... you guessed it... pink (or sometimes white). Each bloom has a yellowish green eye lined in a dark rose pink. The individual flowers are striking, and the over all plant is very showy. With its upright growth habit covered in blooms, a rosepink plant looks like a living bouquet! The bright yellow color of the stigmata in the photo signifies that the flower is receptive to pollen, serving as a beacon to pollinators. Pollinators include long-tongued bees, and perhaps butterflies and skippers. Rosepink is a host plant for the larvae of the short-lined chocolate moth.
Rosepink prefers full or partial sun and moist conditions but also does well in drier conditions. They aren't choosy about soil - rich, poor, medium, sandy, peaty, loamy, gravelly are all acceptable. In the wild, the plants can be found in open woods, fields, meadows, grasslands, marshes, and roadside. When done flowering, green capsules form on the flower stalks. These capsules contain numerous tiny seeds. If plants aren't deadheaded, the wind may send the seeds a distance. Offspring may pop up elsewhere in the garden (or even in your neighbor's garden, sharing the rosepink love!) If you choose to collect the seeds, not that they need 90 days of cold moist stratification to germinate.
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
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PNPS 2021 Annual Meeting -
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Saturday, October 16 at Millbrook Marsh in State College. Details to follow.
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