2022 Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Mark Your Calendars!
Free and open to the public.
Great speakers, Bonus activities and member-donated plant sale.
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2022 Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to Mark Bowers, this year's winner with his photo of Monongahela Barbara’s-buttons (Marshallia pulchra) taken in Fayette County. Check out all the beautiful submissions.
The Dirty Dozen vs the Birdy Dozen
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, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) is a delightful addition to a sunny or partly shaded site. Tall spikes of beautiful pale pink or lavender blooms adorn the 3' to 4' tall plants from late summer through early fall. But beware, because obedient plant didn't earn its common name due to its manners in the garden. The individual blooms are "obedient" because when bent, they stay in place. (I need to try this!) Obedient plant is actually a very enthusiastic spreader, especially in moist, fertile soil. Some may say overly enthusiastic, so make sure to plant it somewhere it has room to spread its wings. One suggestion to rein it in is to plant it in a container with drain holes sunk in the ground. Better yet, use its aggressiveness to your advantage. Since it can fill in disturbed areas quickly, grow it where you are fighting undesirable plants and let it help you win that battle. Obedient plant is perfect for filling in gaps in large areas like meadows and looks beautiful planted at the edge of ponds. Companion plants are boneset, swamp milkweed, Joe-pye and other moisture and sun lovers that often grow at water's edge.
Obedient plant is a prolific nectar source for butterflies, hummingbirds, bumblebees, and other long-tongued bees. Since it's in the mint family with bitter tasting foliage, it is deer and rabbit resistant. It prefers full sun and moist, slightly acidic soil but will also grow in poor and average soils. Obedient plant is very adaptable and not particular about its growing conditions. It will tolerate drought, yet will also grow in moist clay soil. In fact, that is where it may become most aggressive. Obedient plant can be propagated by seed after cold stratification or winter-sowing. It can also be easily propagated by transplanting the rhizomes.
Why not allow obedient plant to flout the rules and spread freely in that neglected corner of your yard? You'll be rewarded with abundant late summer flowers which will fuel beneficial insects throughout early fall. A final selling point is that the stalks of pastel-colored blooms are showy and long-lasting in floral arrangements. If you have the room, take a chance on this "not so obedient" plant. The rewards are both bountiful and beautiful!
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
October 15, 2022 - PNPS Annual Meeting. Click here for details
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