Thursday, June 4, 2009

Native Water Garden Plants

Fragrant Water-lily, Nymphaea odorata

How could Home Depot improve upon this? A burst of light in the form of a water flower, it is about as close to perfection as a plant gets. Add to its beauty a subtle fragrance and it becomes clear, non-native plants cannot offer any more than the native plants already in our natural areas.

Non-natives bought at stores often escape and create a nightmare in our wetlands. Purple Loosestrife and Flowering-rush are two imports that probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but something went terribly astray. In fact, the plants went astray and have been creating havoc and costing big $$$ in order to eradicate them from native wetlands.

Please- buy responsibly- purchase native plants for your water gardens and leave the invasives where they belong, stuck in a big-box store.

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