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Two Ways You Can Help our Native Wildflowers Now

by Barbara Walvoord

Our native woodland wild flowers, like Indian pipe, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayflower, and  trout lily, not only lift our hearts with their beauty, but support our food chains. 96% of birds need insects, not just nectar and seeds, to raise their young.  90% of insects eat only native plants (Douglas Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home). Invasive plants crowd out our native wildflowers and reduce wildlife.

  1. Don’t dump plants (especially ground cover), plant parts, or soil in the woods.  Patches of our land on both campuses are already covered with alien invasives like ivy, vinca, pachysandra, and bishop’s weed, crowding out native wildflowers.
  2. If you can, go into the woods on either campus and pull garlic mustard, one of the most dangerous invasives for our U.S. woodlands (http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/garlic-mustard.xml).  If the plant has not yet formed blossoms, you can leave it there; if it has blossoms, remove it, because, even when pulled, the blossoms can develop seeds.  A single garlic mustard plant can produce hundreds of seeds, which are viable in the soil for up to 7 years.

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How to Dispose of Garden Plants

How to Dispose of Garden Plants

  • Lily of the Valley
  • Vinca
  • Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny, Ground Ivy
  • Pachysandra
  • Orange Daylily
  • Snow on the Mountain

Please do not discard in our woods any parts of these plants or any soil that could contain their seeds. They are alien invasives that do not match the mouth parts and body chemistry of the native insects our birds need to raise their young.  They will crowd out the beautiful native wildflowers and plants that nourish our native insects and wildlife. Continue reading How to Dispose of Garden Plants