Upper Delaware BioBlitz update
The final report and collection inventory spreadsheets for the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz are now available. The species count stands at 884, up from the initial results, with 123 "first occurrences" (the first time the identification of the species has been made and recorded as publicly accessible information for Sullivan County). Click here for the report and the data spreadsheet.
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.
Platanus occidentalis, aka American Sycamore or Buttonwood is one of several species of Platanus native to North America. Recognized by its unique exfoliating bark, it is especially noticeable in the winter where it stands out like a ghost tree. Fruits are small, 1- 1.5” diameter balls that remain through the winter. Found typically found in riparian and wetland areas from Ontario and Maine south to Florida, it can grow to massive proportions, typically reaching up to 100 – 130 ft and 5-6 ft in diameter.
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May 2, 2015 - Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival
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