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Milkweed and Solidago

By Catmint20906
October 24, 2014

Native plants possess tremendous value for the backyard gardener. They add beauty, provide important habitat and food for native pollinators and other wildlife, help to preserve our natural heritage, require little maintenance once established, and serve to control soil erosion through well-adapted root systems. Current estimates indicate that, of the 20,000 plant species native to North America, almost 25 percent are at risk of becoming extinct. In this article, I will focus on two native species you might want to help preserve by planting them in your own garden: Milkweeds and Solidagos.

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Oct 23, 2014 6:42 PM CST
Excellent, and timely article. I grow several wildflowers in my garden. My favorites are tall goldenrod and New Eng Asters.
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Oct 24, 2014 5:37 AM CST
thanks, Jack! I love all the photos you share of the pollinators enjoying your asters and goldenrod! NE Asters are also a wonderful Monarch Waystation certification plant!
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