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.
Winter is a great time to get out in the woods. Many plants that are overlooked in the summer are the winter standouts - like the American Holly, Ilex opaca. The bright red berries and evergreen leaves provide winter color and food for birds and animals. American Holly can be found as far south as Florida and up to southern Connecticut. It is a shrubby tree - growing only to about 10-15' tall.
Let us know what your favorite winter plant is - email us at Info@panativeplantsociety.org