Native Plants in the Landscape Conference
If you haven't attended this conference in the past. mark your calendar for next June. It is always a great opportunity to connect with other native plant enthusiasts and get inspired. Click here for some great resources that were shared at the conference.
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're lucky, you might come across this beauty in late July/August. The lesser or small purple fringed orchid can be found in wet habitats such as sedge meadows, sphagnum bogs, cedar or alder swamps, or on stream edges of conifer forests. The flower spike is typically 10-12 inches tall with 1" lavender - rose purple flowers. If you ever see this in the wild, you will not forget it!
Photo courtesy of Sarah Chamberlain
Let us know what your favorite plant is - email us at Info@panativeplantsociety.org