Native Plants in the Landscape Conference
If you haven't attended this conference in the past. mark your calendar for next June. It is always a great opportunity to connect with other native plant enthusiasts and get inspired. Click here for some great resources that were shared at the conference.
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.
Butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) - have you ever driven down the road and said "what was that bright orange flower?" You can't miss the brilliant color. But beyond that, butterfly weed is an important host plant for butterflies, especially the monarch. A member of the milkweed family, it is a beautiful and beneficial addition to our home landscape.
Photo courtesy of Diane Albright
Let us know what your favorite plant is - email us at Info@panativeplantsociety.org