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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.
Oct 27, 2014 5:08 PM CST
| All my gardening friends agree that we are seeing fewer butterflies. One thing I did notice this summer, which surprised me. I had a rather large patch of the milkweed and some wasps were always hanging around it. I realized that they were eating the eggs the butterflies had laid. I ended up having to put some plants in a "castle" and raising the few remaining eggs into the cats and then the butterflies. |
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”