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What’s the big deal about native plants, anyway?

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What’s the big deal about native plants, anyway?

Urban Ecology Center takes lesser celandine, which is non-native to the U.S. and is now classified as a nasty invasive, as its case study in this blog post to illustrate why we should care about growing native plants and why we need to be so careful about growing non-native ones. I’ll just quote a bit of a summary paragraph, but you should read the whole post. So, we’ve got an aggressive plant with no natural predators to keep its population in check. This plant emerges sooner than native spring ephemerals, and therefore has the advantage of size when competing for space and...

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