Five Native Plants to Consider Planting

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Did you know that for the first time ever April was designated National Native Plant Month by the United States Senate?

Native plants play an indispensable role in supporting resilient ecosystems like stabilizing soil, filtering water, cleaning air and supporting wildlife. Once these plants become established, they require less watering and need no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to thrive. They also preserve the natural history of the flora and fauna of the American landscape. There are more than 17,000 native plant species across the US, which include trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and wildflowers. Here on the North Shore of Long Island, we have many beautiful native species.

Pictured here are five native wildflower and shrub options you might consider planting that are lovely to look at and help with pollination and the sustainability of our ecosystem.

When buying, look for straight species (non-cultivars) locally sourced.

winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

cardinal flower

cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)