What are Native Plants?
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.
Why Plant Natives?
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.
If you are walking in the woods in late fall and see a yellow flowering bush, don't rub
your eyes - you are seeing American witchhazel - Hamamelis virginiana L. A shrub or small tree, generally not more than 12 -15 feet tall, witchhazel provides a
pleasant surprise in the fall, sporting bright yellow flowers when most trees and bushes have lost their leaves. The fragrant flower consists of 4 very slender creamy to bright yellow petals ½ to ¾ inch long. clustering along the stem. Witchhazel is a nice addition to your home landscape, providing some late