Archive | Native Plants

Fronds in My Garden

by Leslie Duthie When most people think of ferns, they picture delicate quivering fronds blowing in the breeze next to a rippling stream deep in the forest. Or they think of forested swamps with tall ferns growing among the maples. Sometimes we think of fern-covered stone walls rambling unexpectedly in the woods. All of these […]

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ELA Names Winners of Spotlight on Natives Contest

by Maureen Sundberg Photographers from across the country submitted over 200 images to ELA’s Spotlight on Natives Photography Contest. Each sought to capture the special allure of native plants – the unique structure of trunks, stems, leaves, and blossoms; the mystery of seed pods; the interaction of flora and fauna. (more…)

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Sowing Native Seed

by Heather McCargo The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of common garden and vegetable species. Most gardeners think of spring as the time to sow seeds, but for most native plants in Maine fall to early winter is the best time. Many wildflowers, trees and shrubs have seeds that […]

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Parasitic Plants for Gardens and Landscapes

by Ian Caton Parasitic plants for the home garden? The notion usually elicits one of two responses: “Aren’t parasites bad? Why would you want them in your garden?” or “I would love to have them in my garden, but aren’t they uncultivatable?” (more…)

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Bringing Back Native Thistles

by the Xerces Society Native thistles are a largely misunderstood and wrongly maligned group of wildflowers. Often confused with their prickly, invasive relatives such as Canada thistle, in reality, native thistles are benign and valuable plants that fill a variety of significant niches alongside more esteemed wildflowers such as coneflowers, prairie clovers, and blazing star. […]

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