Native Plant Guide

Native Plant Guide

2018 Native Plants of the Month

January:  Viola walteri ‘Silver gem’ Silver gem or Walter’s gem violet

March: Willow Oak – Quercus phellos 3 gallon – $38.00

April: Cinnamon Fern – Osmundastrum cinnamomeum 1 gallon – $14.00

**February, March and April native plants will be available for pickup the second week of April. Limited quantities available! Plants will go on sale March 1st and continue until they either sell out or until March 31st**

For more information on these plants click HERE 


May: Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, 1gal

June: Polygonatum biflorum, Solomon’s Seal

July: Clematis virginiana, Virgin’s Bower


August:  Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, 1gal

September:  Liatris pilosa, Grass-leaf Blazing Star, 1gal

October: Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem, 1 gal


 

November: Prunus serotina, Black Cherry, 1gal,3gal 2-3’, 4-6′

December: Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry (Red Chokeberry is pg.35), 1gal 2-3′,3gal


2017 “Native Plants of the Month”
Click HERE to view the native plants for each month!
February — Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells
June — Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed
August — Holenium autumnal, Sneezeweed
September — Euonymus americanus, Strawberry bush
October — Kosteletakya virginica, Salt Marsh Mallow
November — Craetegus viridis, Green Hawthorne
December — Aster caroliniaous, Climbing Carolina Aster

 

2016 “Native Plants of the Month”:

January- Ilex glabra, Inkberry
February – Redtwig Dogwood, Cornus sericea
March – Golden Wood Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum
April – Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia
May – Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis
June – Phlox, Phlox paniculata
July – NE Aster, Aster novae-angeliae
August- Witchhazel, Hamamelis virginiana
September – Pink Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris
October – American Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis
November- Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus
December- Partridgeberry, Mitchella repens

2015 (Archived)

January – Ilex verticillata Winterberry
February – LIndera benzoin Spicebush
March – Dicentra eximia Wild Bleeding Heart
April – Geranium maculatum Wild Geranium
May – Vaccinium ashei Bluberry
June – Passiflora coccinea Passionflower
July – Liatris spicata Coastal/Dense Blazingstar
August – Erogrostis spectablis Purple Love Grass/Sand Love Grass
September – Sambucus canadensis Elderberry
October – Chelone glabra Turtlehead
November – Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
December – Dryopteris marginalis Marginal/Evergreen Wood Fern

2014 (Archived)

April – Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud
May – Wisteria frutescens American Wisteria
June – Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan
July –  Itea Virginica Virginia Sweetspire
August – Lonicera sempervirens Trumpet Honeysuckle
September – Asclepias syriaca Milkweed
October – Rhus glabra Sweet or Smooth Sumac
November – Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry
December – Ilex opaca American Holly

buffer2Planting natives at home is increasingly important as residential and commercial properties continue to encroach on our woodland and open space–at a rate of 6,000 acres/day in the US! Insects, bugs, birds and reptiles still need to live somewhere, and their options are becoming limited. Monarch butterflies are an alarming example of how quickly a species can suffer when key habitat plants, like milkweed, are lost. As insect and buy larvae are less available, this loss can quickly spread up the food chain to songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. Many species, like monarchs, are specialists, and rely heavily or even completely on one sole source of food. When this food source disappears, so do they.

Native plants can be defined in many ways, but for our purposes, they are those that are naturally present (at least since written history), and that have adapted to life in our climate. This means that, in addition to providing habitat to the critters they have co-evolved with, they also tend to be relatively low-maintenance once established, requiring little to no fertilizer or irrigation, and helping to maintain our local water quality. This is in direct contrast to invasives, which are typically introduced (accidentally or intentionally) by humans, and have rapid growth, and spread. Invasives will often overtake native plants because there are no native predators or pests to control their growth and spread. Common invasive plants include: English Ivy, Common Orange Daylilly, Bradford Pear, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry, Miscanthus, Tree of Heaven, Butterfly Bush, and Liriope.

We are working with several businesses and individuals to be able to provide resources for purchasing appropriate native plants. Please be careful when purchasing plants, as there are many cultivars (cultivated varieties bred to have different colors, foliage shapes, blooms, or size), which most often do not provide the same habitat value as the true native species. Wherever you shop, please help increase the availability of native plants by requesting them!

Some Sources of Native Plants:
Southern Branch Nursery (and landscape design)
Eric Gunderson, 757-373-7763
SBN@SouthernBranchNursery.com
www.SouthernBranchNursery.com

McDonald Garden Center
757-464-5564
1144 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com

Wild Woods Farm Native Nursery
Vickie Shufer
Plants available at Virginia Garden Organic Grocery
wildfood@cox.net

http://www.ecoimages-us.com/nursery.aspx

For more information, email LRNow or call us at 757-962-5398.

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June 2018

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June 2, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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June 2, 9am-noon Clean the Bay Day

Hutton Circle (water-based only)

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email Dana@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

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June 4, 2018 / June 8, 2018
All working days 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

June 4-8

9:00-10:30 am at the Brock Environmental Center

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June 9, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
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June 9, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society. These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

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June 14, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Tidewater Film and Discussion


Third in our Conversations about Climate Change Series

June 14, 6:30 PM, Brock Environmental Center

“What’s our plan? And how do we become a part of the solution?

We have the knowledge and the technology. How can we export good ideas to the rest of the world?”

The film Tidewater raises all of these issues and more. A terrific film about the challenges and opportunities that confront our region. How do we choose to move forward? Watch a trailer here:https://vimeo.com/213262018

Join us on June 14th to view the film followed by a facilitated discussion. Free and open to all, but please register at Office@LRNow.org or by calling, 757-962-5398.

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June 20, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/