Regardless of what Mother Nature is trying to tell us, the calendar says Spring is here - and that means Plant Sales! Join us on Saturday, May 5 for the Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale, sponsored by the Pa Native Plant Society. Click here for details.
For a listing of Plant Sales throughout the state, click here.
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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.
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
One of the harbingers of Spring, and a favorite in the home landscape, Bloodroot pokes its head up in early to mid-April and blooms within days - a beautiful, 2-3 inch single white daisy-like flower on a 5-6” stalk. Flowers open during the day and close at night.
Adaptable to many growing conditions, it prefers moist shady soil. However, once established you will find volunteers popping up throughout your garden – a wonderful surprise so early in the spring. The leaves are interesting as well - round, deeply scalloped blue gray with a leathery texture that die back mid summer.
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Photo courtesy of Diane Albright
May 5, 2018 -Central Pa Native Plant Festival, Boal Mansion, Boalsburg. The vendor and plant list is now available. You can contact a vendor directly to pre-order plants. click here for details
July 10,2018 - Demystifying Grasses - Join Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Curator of the PSU Herbarium to learn the skills necessary to identify this unique group of plants. Registration required, click here for details
Mt Cuba Lecture Series - Various programs - click here for schedule.
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