HOUSE BILL 797 - March vote
The time is now. We at PNPS are asking for you to support Pennsylvania House Bill 797, legislation mandating native plants be utilized in PennDot plantings across the Commonwealth. House Bill 797, which is currently under consideration in the PA House, would direct PennDOT to plant native trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses along state-owned highways.
Please sign the Action Alert to support the legislation, organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Also, please encourage your local legislators in the PA House to support this bill. It is scheduled to be voted on sometime in March.
PNPS will begin accepting applications for grants starting March 1, 2024.
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The Dirty Dozen vs the Birdy Dozen
As you work on your landscaping, please remember the Dirty Dozen, a list of twelve invasive plants frequently found at nurseries and landscape retailers that should be avoided. The Dirty Dozen
Better yet, considering adding some of the Birdy Dozen to your gardens to attract birds.
The Birdy Dozen
Check more information on Invasive Plants and recommendations for alternatives on our Plant Information and Landscaping page.
'Tis the Season for Christmas Fern!
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) might be more aptly named Four-Season Fern due to its year-round beauty. Although the fronds often lose their upright stance and lay flat on the ground in winter, they remain green as they await the fresh new growth of spring. A robust fern with beautiful leathery fronds, Christmas fern grows in dappled shade on the woodland floor and on streambanks in the wild, often found in beech forests. Also abundant on wooded slopes, masses of them may cascade down the hillsides resembling a leafy green waterfall.
In a garden setting, this clumping fern is easy to grow in well-drained soil and can help prevent erosion on slopes. Christmas fern can also take a bit of sun with adequate moisture. Although highly adaptable, it is prone to crown rot in clay soil or soil that is too moist, especially in winter. Deer resistance is another benefit in a garden or lawn setting, and this fern is able to grow under walnut trees. Christmas ferns are great accent plants, border plants, or container plants, and they look particularly beautiful intermingled with flowers. This striking fern is an excellent companion for hepatica, spring beauty, columbine, trout lily, trillium… you name it! The evergreen leaves of Christmas fern help disguise the decaying leaves of ephemeral plants after they have finished flowering.
The next highlight in the life cycle of Christmas fern will be in the upcoming spring, when we experience the wonder of the new fronds unfurling - a delightful process to witness. In the midst of winter, it may feel like that time is far far away... But as the days continue to grow longer, spring will be here before we know it - bringing all the wonders and colors of that vibrant season.
Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
Upcoming Events - Mark your calendars
May 4, 2024 - Central Pa Native Plant Festival, Millbrook Marsh
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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.
Membership Dues and Donations
PNPS is committed to supporting programs and events advocating for the use of native plants. Money obtained from memberships and donations go to the following:
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