The Pa Plant Conservation Network Announces new grants available for protecting rare plant species.
The Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network (PPCN) is pleased to offer minigrants for rare plant recovery projects on private lands statewide. This includes plants listed as rare, threatened or endangered.
These mini-grants will provide money for fencing, propagation, mowing, equipment, professional consultations, and monitoring following restoration projects and/or invasive species control.
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Welcome to Lehigh Valley and Northwest Chapters!
We are very excited to have two chapters now up and running and offering events in their areas.
We have also had interest expressed in a few other locations, but additional people are needed to help them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to start up a local chapter. We will connect you with anyone else in your area who has also expressed interest.
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.
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.
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White snakeroot, Ageratina altissima (formerly Eupatoria rugosum) is partly responsible for the late summer to early fall display of long-lasting white flowers along our woodland borders and roadside edges. Unfortunately, it is also responsible for the deaths of many early colonists who contracted milk sickness when they drank milk consumed meat from animals that ate this extremely poisonous plant. The chemical tremetol found in the plant causes the deadly condition known as the trembles in mammals and hence the plant should be removed from pastures and not planted where animals might ingest its leaves or stems. Medicinally the American Indians used the root of this plant to treat snakebites. Despite its poisonous attribute, the beauty of this Asteraceae plant cannot be ignored as it speckles our roadsides with its abundant white flower clusters from July through October. It also provides a food source for our native bees late in the season when insect meal choices begin to wane. The Eupatoria genus has almost 800 species worldwide and about 50 in the United States, but it has recently undergone taxonomic revisions by botanists resulting in the renaming of this plant that is common to the much of the eastern half of North America. Plants and seeds are available from native plant nurseries, and an unusual chocolate brown cultivar is usually sold under the name of Eupatoria rugosum ‘chocolate’.
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Photo and article by Keppy Arnold
Plant sales are winding down, but there are other events cropping up all over the state. Check our Complete Calendar for other upcoming events. And check out our listing of Native Plant Sales to find ones in your area. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email email@example.com.
Nov 2, 2019 - PNPS Annual Meeting
Becoming a member of PNPS helps to support our mission of advocating conservation of native plants and their habitats and promote the increased use of native plants in the landscape
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