2021 PNPS Facebook Photo Contest
Get your cameras and smart phones ready for the 6th Annual PNPS Facebook Photo Contest. You must be a member of the Facebook group to enter.
To enter, post your photo in the comment section of the Facebook event. We will announce the winner on Facebook on August 6th.
The winning photo will be featured on the back cover of our print newsletter PNPS Notes, Fall 2021. All entries will be posted on our website: http://www.panativeplantsociety.org/facebook-forum.html
Click here for rules and more details
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, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
Wild about Geranium - Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) is a cheery wildflower that lights up woodland openings. This clump forming native makes a beautiful groundcover in a naturalized garden setting. A large colony is a lovely sight to behold. The palmately lobed leaves are topped by rose-pink to lavender flowers (rarely dark purple or white). If you take a closer look, you’ll see darker colored fine lines. These “nectar guides” lead bumblebees, various solitary native bees, flies, and butterflies to the nectar and pollen. A mining bee, Andrena distans, is a specialist pollinator of wild geranium.
Wild geranium blooms for about a month (sometimes longer in cooler weather) in late spring to early summer. The foliage may stay green all summer if the soil is kept moist. This plant is one of the easier native flowers to grow. It prefers rich soil in partial sun or light shade, but will tolerate poor or clay soil and full sun with moist soil. In other words, it’s hard to go wrong with wild geranium. It’s easily propagated by seed or by dividing the roots in early spring or fall. If seeds are sown outdoors in the fall, they won’t require artificial stratification. BUT you need to time it just right in order to harvest the ripe seeds before they catapult themselves far and wide! Wild geranium has few pests, just watch for aphids and slugs. Rust and leaf spot may occur if conditions are too damp or crowded.
Another common name for wild geranium is cranesbill geranium. The word Geranium is derived from geranos which is the Greek word for crane. This refers to the shape of fruit capsule, which looks like a long beak.
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
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Saturday, October 16 at Millbrook Marsh in State College. Details to follow.
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