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Planting native species can benefit the environment by reducing water use, lessening the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and promote pollinators (like bees, butterflies, birds & bats). Generally speaking, native plants can result in lower, long-term maintenance costs, increased plant hardiness and less work for you. Which is a win for the environment and a win for you! You can think of native plants in 4 different categories which will be covered in 4 different parts: wildflowers (part 1), ferns (part 2), trees, shrubs, and vines (part 3), and, grasses, sedges, and rushes (part 4). From there you can break it down further like you would any other plant; light requirements (full sun, part sun, shade), moisture requirements (dry, average, wet), height of plant, and any other special notes (aggressive, attracts butterflies, groundcover, etc).

Native Wildflowers

Swamp Milkweek - This type of milkweek has pale and dark pink flower clusters at the top of the plant that bloom mid July to mid August. This wildflower is a larval host for butterflies as well as providing the nectar for butterflies.
Butterfly Weed - The Butterfly Weed has bright orange flower clusters on the top of the plant and blooms in early July. It does very well in dry areas, and also is a host for butterfly larvae and provides nectar to butterflies.
Wild Strawberry - The Wild Strawberry blooms the second half of May and bears small strawberries in June. Watch out for pest, they are the most attractive to early season enemies, but might be worth it for those little red strawberries!

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