Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winner:
The photo is of Orontium aquiticum, Goldenclub and is actually on the Pennsylvania endangered watchlist. This specimen was photographed in Pine Grove Furnace State Park on May 2, 2017.
Thanks to all who submitted photos - they are stunning! All the entries can be seen on our Facebook Page.
PNPS remembers Norm Deno
PNPS is very sad to report that Norm Deno passed away this September at the age of 96. A Professor of Chemistry at Penn State University he spent his spare time dabbling in germination and cultivation of plants. He grew species from around the world on his property in Centre County. No matter how spectacular his garden was at the time of your visit—and it was always wonderful—he typically lamented something even more beautiful that you had just missed seeing. He delighted in experimenting in his simple home laboratory with ways to coax stubborn seeds into sprouting and was an authority on germination. The second edition of his self-published opus, Seed Germination Theory and Practice, appeared in 1993, followed by supplements in 1996 and 1998.
For more about Professor Deno, enjoy this 1996 interview by Matthew Holm: http://news.psu.edu/story/141519/1996/03/01/research/seed-day
Norm Deno's publications are available for download from the USDA website:
Second Edition of Seed Germination Theory and Practice: naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/41278/PDF
First Supplement: https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/naldc/download.xhtml?id=41279&content=PDF
Second Supplement: https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/41277/PDF
Crow's Foot - Lycopodium digitatum
Found in wooded areas that are shaded, often sloped and moist (humid but no wet soil), Lycopodium digitatum is a North American species of clubmoss, commonly known as crow’s foot, ground cedar or fan clubmoss. Growing only 5-6 inches tall, its evergreen foliage brightens the winter forest floor. Although often used for Christmas decorations, care must be taken to not over-harvest. It spreads by rhizomes and runners and works well as a landscaping ground cover under appropriate conditions.
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Photo courtesy of Brent Potter
The Annual Meeting and Program -
Nov 4, 2017
Propagating Native Landscapes
If you weren't able to attend, we have copies of the powerpoints available.
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You've probably noticed that exotic shrubs are increasing in abundance in deciduous forests and tend to have a different leaf phenology than native shrubs. We're starting a citizen science data collection effort called Shady Invaders through the National Phenology Network to track these differences regionally. For more information, or to participate, contact:
Erynn Maynard, PhD Candidate,
Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology email@example.com
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.