Monday, April 2, 2018

A Message from the MPH Native Plants Committee


Planting natives is crucial to helping keep our ecosystems intact. The MPH Native Plants Committee is working to bring some native plants to our campus. You can join us in planning or planting. Let us know if you want to get involved.

You can also help by planting a few natives this spring! Learn more from our local Wild Ones group - Habitat Gardening CNY (at www.hgcny.org).

A great source for plants is The Plantsman, near Ithaca. Wild Ones also holds a plant sale every spring and fall.

Let me know if you need more information or if you want to get involved. Stirling Cousins - stirlingcousins@gmail.com

Ten Great Natives that you can plant to help bees, butterflies and birds this year:

Sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius)
Milkweed - (butterfly weed - Asclepias tuberosa and swamp milkweed - Asclepias incarnata) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinqefolia)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Purple Coneflowers (Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea and Pale Purple Coneflower - Echinacea pallida)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Oak (Quercus species such as bur oak, red oak, white oak and chestnut oak)
Dogwoods (Cornus alternifolia and Cornus florida)