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Native Plant Guide

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When you think native, do you picture an island adventure or a cruise to the Caribbean? Certainly nothing wrong with that; but when we say "native" we are talking about the plants that grew here, in our community, in our state, before European settlement.

In Pennsylvania there are over 2100 species of native plants that include trees, shrubs and vines: flowers, ferns and club mosses; grasses, sedges, and rushes. Loss of native plant communities is not limited to tropical rainforests. Unfortunately, our own native plant species are being lost to habitat destruction, invasive plants, and introduced pests and plant diseases.  By the year 2000, 5 percent of our native plants had been eliminated and 25 percent were seriously threatened.  “Who cares?” you ask. We all should because native plants provide food and shelter, not only for wildlife, but for people as well. They are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and enhance our community by beautifying landscapes in and around our neighborhoods. Since native plants are adapted to growing condition in this area, they can help to reduce landscape maintenance costs by using less fertilizer and water than exotic varieties require. Your efforts in helping to preserve and promote native plants in our community can be as simple as planting a tree, flower or shrub in your yard.

Check out the Environmental Advisory Council’s extensive list of native plants, trees, shrubs and groundcovers for our community, including plant descriptions, where to plant them for the best results and a listing of nurseries that carry native plants.  

Click Here for The Native Plants Listing

Earth Day is April 22nd and Arbor Day is April 26th. Do something NATIVE! Check out the other links to learn more about native plants and how they benefit us all.