Mark your calendars!
PNPS Annual Meeting -
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Forestry Building - Penn State University
Discovering Native Tteatures:
Native Orchids - Dennis Whigham, PhD
Wild Edibles - Debbie Naha
Your input is requested
You are invited to take part in a short anonymous survey being conducted by researchers at the University of Central Florida. This survey is designed to better understand your thoughts and opinions about household grass lawns. The results from this survey will guide future efforts to help homeowners manage their lawns in ways that promote native plants and insects. Click here.
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Looking for Annual Meeting Committee Members
We are looking for volunteers to help plan and organize the PNPS Annual Meeting in November. 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.
Helianthus decapetalus - the thinleaf or forest sunflower, is a welcomed sight on our Pennsylvania roadsides where it blooms from late July to mid-September. It grows in clusters of many plants and these each have multiple flower heads making for a vibrant long-lasting display. Plants are tall too, averaging about 3-5 ft in our neighborhood. With 8-12 rays per flower, it is sometimes referred to as the ten-petal sunflower. Its range is vast, with nativity in 31 states covering most of the eastern half of the United States and into Canada. This perennial plant is not what the average gardener pictures when they think of sunflowers, as it is much smaller than the annual sunflowers commonly grown. It would be a lovely addition to our home gardens, where it might be useful to add height and vibrant color to the back of the perennial border in late summer to fall when choices wane.
If you have a favorite plant or photo, send it to email@example.com for a future publication.
Photo and article courtesy of Keppy Arnoldsen
PNPS Annual Meeting - Saturday, November 3, 2018. Click here for details.
Mt Cuba Lecture Series - Various programs - click here for schedule.
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