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Native Plants

 

What Are Native Plants?

They are plants that have been growing naturally in a particular area before humans introduced other plants from distant locations. Native plants typically grow in communities with species adapted to specific soil, moisture and weather conditions. Download Native Plant List for a complete list of local native plants.

Want to Replace Your Invasive Plants with Native Alternatives?

Download Native Plant Alternative List for a complete list of native plant alternatives to commonly available invasive plants.

How Can Native Plants Help?

Native plants have deeper root systems that help the soil absorb and retain water.

Rudbeckia flowersDoes the Root Zone Matter?

Yes. Native plants can reach deep into the ground to find water during dry periods. When it rains, their long roots help storm water infiltrate the soil and recharge the ground water. Some native plants, such as Common Ninebark, have root zones that extend 16 feet into the ground!

What is the Benefit of Native Plants?

Native Plant Maintenance Requirements

Low. Low. Low. Native plants have evolved and adapted to local conditions over thousands of years. They don’t require chemicals and once they are established they don’t require irrigation. This saves the homeowner time and money!

Native Plants and Water Infiltration

Deep roots penetrate the soil and allow water to run along the pore space created by the plant’s thin fibrous roots. Increased water infiltration helps recharge the creek and keep our water cleaner.

Native Plants and Wildlife

Native plants have co-evolved with native insects over thousands of years. Local insects need native plants to survive. Most insects don’t recognize or cannot eat non-native plant species. Without native plants, insect populations will continue to decline. Many animals depend partially or wholly on insect protein for food. Fewer native plants result in fewer insects available to feed wildlife, and therefore less wildlife.

Spring 2018 Plant Sales & Native Plant Nurseries

The top 4 locations have generously offered a 10% discount to WVWA members. Please bring your membership card when you shop there. 

 Location

 Date

 Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education *
 10% discount to WVWA members
 http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/

 Saturday, April 28
 Sunday, April 29

 Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust *
 10% discount to WVWA members
 https://pennypacktrust.org/

 Friday, May 4
 Saturday, May 5

 David Brothers Native Plant Nursery *
 10% discount to WVWA members
 http://www.davidbrothers.com/

 Monday – Friday
 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
 10% discount to WVWA members

 https://events.temple.edu/

 Saturday, May 5
 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

   

 Abington Bird Town Native Plant Sale & Swap at Briar Bush * 
 https://www.briarbush.org/

 Sunday, April 15

 Bartram’s Garden
 http://bartramsgarden.org/

 Saturday, April 21

 Churchville Nature Center – Wildflower Sale *
 https://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org/

 Sunday, April 29

 Peace Valley Nature Center 
 https://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/

 Saturday, May 5
 Sunday, May 6

 Collins Native Plant Nursery *
 https://www.collinsnursery.com/

 Saturday, May 5
 Saturday, May 12

 Morris Arboretum
 http://www.morrisarboretum.org/index.shtml

 Saturday, May 12

 Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy *
 https://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/

 Saturday, May 12

 Penn State Master Gardeners
 https://www.facebook.com/montcomastergardeners/

 Saturday, May 19

 PHS Meadowbrook Farm
 https://meadowbrookfarm.org/

 Wednesday – Saturday
 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Redbud Native Plant Nursery *
http://www.redbudnativeplantnursery.com/

Check website for hours of operation
* these location only sell native plants