2018 Photo contest winner:
Janice Wells Annunziata: 7-26-18 Pike County
Ghost Plants/Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora) rising out of the earth
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Landscape ideas requested!
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Photo by Diane Albright of Betsy Whitman's house
Nonnative plants reduce population growth of an insectivorous bird
Desirée L. Narango, Douglas W. Tallamy, and Peter P. Marra
New research article confirms a direct correlation between the presence of native plants in the landscape and bird populations.
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Photo by Ron Crandall
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.
Partridgeberry - Mitchella repens
When walking in the woods, if you look down you will probably see a small leaved little plant winding its way along the ground. In spring, you may notice small, white slightly fragrant flowers along the stem. But it is most notable from late autumn through early spring, when its evergreen foliage and bright red berries show up against the browns of a winter woods floor. The leaves are only about ½ inch across, nearly round and occur in pairs, with a white contrasting rib. This diminutive little plant is often overlooked, but can be a wonderful addition to a native garden. It prefers rich, acidic soil.
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Photo by Paul Kelly
February 23, 2018 - Winter Woody Plant Identification at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg, PA. Hosted by Eric Burkhart.
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