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Let's go Native!6/7/2012


 

Let’s go NATIVE.

 

Sounds exotic doesn’t it?  Well it actually is anything but exotic.  In all the popular discussion regarding
“going green” and “eco-friendly” the word “NATIVE” comes up continually.  What does it mean when a plant is described as “Native”?  Native indicates that a plant is grown in a particular region, it has not been introduced or naturalized.  Why is “Native” better than other choices? Native plants combine the beauty of form, texture and color with traits like low maintenance, drought tolerance, and the ability to attract abundant wildlife to your yard.  When appropriately sited, native plants require no watering, fertilizing or pesticides.  In addition many natives offer so much in addition to their showy bloom, such as attracting beautiful birds and butterflies

 

Use the chart below to find the native plants and their added features. 

 

Name

Attracts Butterfly

Attracts Hummingbirds

Deer Resistant

Achillea (sun)

X

X

X

Agastache (sun)

X

X

X

Amsonia (sun to part sun)

 

 

 

Aquilegia (part sun)

X

X

X

Ascelepias (sun)

X

X

X

Aster (sun to part sun)

X

 

X

Baptista (part sun)

 

 

X

Coreopsis (sun)

X

X

X

Dicentra (shade to part shade)

X

X

X

Echinacea (sun)

X

X

X

Gaillardia (sun)

X

X

X

Gaura (sun)

 

 

 

Heuchera (part shade)

 

X

X

Hibiscus (sun)

X

X

 

Iris (sun to part sun)

X

 

 

Liatris (sun)

X

X

X

Lobelia (sun to part sun)

X

X

 

Monarda (sun)

X

X

 

Oenothera (sun)

X

X

X

Pachysandra (shade to part shade)

 

 

X

Penstemon (sun)

 

 

X

Phlox (Part sun)

X

X

X

Physostgia (sun to part sun)

X

 

 

Polemonium (sun to part sun)

 

 

 

Rudebeckia (sun)

X

X

X

Salvia (sun)

X

X

X

Sedum (sun)

X

X

X

Sisyrinchium (sun to part sun)

 

 

 

Solidago (sun)

X

X

 

Tradescantia (sun to part sun)

 

 

X

Verbena (sun)

X

 

 

Veronica (sun to part sun)

X

 

X

 

Native Grasses include:  Chasmanthium Latifolium, Elymus Arenarius ‘Blue Dune’, Mulenbergia Capillaris, Panicum Virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, Panicum Vigatum ‘Shenandoan’.

 

Native Ferns include:  Christmas, Cinnamon, Dixie Wood, Hayscented, Lady, Lady in Red, Ostrich.