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
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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.
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