Welcome to Lehigh Valley and Northwest Chapters!
We are very excited to have two chapters now up and running and offering events in their areas.
We have also had interest expressed in a few other locations, but additional people are needed to help them. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping to start up a local chapter. We will connect you with anyone else in your area who has also expressed interest.
Our Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale on May 4 was a success this year, with the weather cooperating, music to add to the atmosphere, and over 1200 attendees! Lots of native plants found homes. The educational presentations were well attended too. For those of you who sat in on Shari Edelson's presentation, she has provided a copy of her slides for reference. Click here: Concept Spring Summer Fall and Winter
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.
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.
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Conoclinium coelestinum, commonly called mistflower or Hardy Ageratum, , is a late summer to fall-blooming perennial that is native to the Eastern United States. It can grow in a variety of environments, including open wood edges and clearings, roadsides, and right of ways. Although it prefers moist soil, it is adaptable to drier conditions and can grow in full sun or part shade.
A late arrival in spring, it is covered with powder blue flowers in late August, early September it is a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators. Try pairing Conoclinium coelestinum with Aster laevis, Coreopsis tripteris, Lobelia cardinalis, Lobelia siphilitica, Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida, Solidago rugosa or Sorghastrum nutans for beautiful fall color.
Conoclinium coelestinum spreads by rhizomes and therefore can be aggressive in a garden setting, but it can be controlled by dividing just like Monarda. It is a great addition to a naturalized area. It is also pest resistant and foliage is unpalatable to deer and other herbivores.
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Photo and article by Diane Albright
Plant sales are winding down, but there are other events cropping up all over the state. Check our Complete Calendar for other upcoming events. And check out our listing of Native Plant Sales to find ones in your area. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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