Some Sources of Native Plants

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Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Sweet Pepperbush

Once hooked on wildlife gardening with native plants, it can be a real challenge to find native plants.  Yes a few have been mainstreamed, and the nursery down the street may carry them.  But beware of cultivars of native plant.  Cultivars are plants created or selected for specific characteristics such as early blooming or color, often at the expense of nectar, berries (the plants may be sterile), and sometimes even the leaf chemistry is changed so the plant can no longer be used as a caterpillar plant.  We (wildlife gardeners) want the nectar, the berries, and we want the leaf chemistry intact so our butterflies can create the next generation!

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Clemenson Farms Native Nursery, their May 3, 2014 Retail Sale Day

To help folks get to good sources of native plants I’ve put together a list for those of us living in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and eastern Maryland.  The list is weighted heavily for southern New Jersey.  I use it as a handout when I teach workshops or give programs.  I continue to update it as I learn of new sources, so keep checking back.  Here is my latest edition:

Some Sources of NATIVE PLANTS,

by Patricia Sutton (pdf)

Be sure to also check Find Native Plants by my good friend Carole Brown, covering all over the US and Canada.

 

Comments

  1. Kevin Stepanuk says:

    Our minds are now completely blown. I put all of the freebie plants the homeowners gave us on Friday’s tour in one area of our lawn while awaiting to plant them. A beautiful orange butterfly swept into our barren lawn, bypassed every mature bush and plant and went directly to the baby milkweeds. We were astounded. I spent the afternoon removing a mature burning bush, that had not a sign of insect life on it, nor any leave eaten and made a home for our new plants.

    We will write each homeowner and thank them, but thanks to you Pat for making a difference and making the time to help educate us and expose us to an entirely different world of gardening.

    Kevin & Kathe Stepanuk

    • Kevin & Kathe, so glad you could join us for Friday’s Tour of Private Wildlife Gardens. And HOW VERY NEAT that a butterfly found your new baby milkweed gift plants from one of the garden owners. WOW – what a stamp of approval! Thank you so much for sharing. Too, too sweet! I look forward to seeing you again. Pat

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