Central Pa Native Plant Festival - Saturday, May 6, 2023
New location -
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
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2023 Annual Facebook Photo Contest
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The Dirty Dozen vs the Birdy Dozen
As you look to planning for spring during the remaining winter months, 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.
Springbeauty (Claytonia virginica L.) is one of the earliest ephemeral wildflowers to bloom. Its delicate, star-shaped flowers are white to light pink and have dark pink stripes. Typically blooms between March and into May. It grows from an underground tuber like a small potato which has a sweet, chestnut-like flavor that was enjoyed by Native Americans and colonists. It prefers rich, moist soil but can tolerate drier soil and in the right conditions will spread by seed to form a large patch. Leaves are a somewhat fleshy and lance-like, adding to the delicate appearance of the plant. Plant goes dormant in the summer so be sure to mark its location in your garden.
Article and photo courtesy of Diane Albright
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.
Saturday, May 6, 2023 - Central Pa Native Plant Festival
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