April has been designated as National Native Plant Month.
It’s great that we are starting to recognize the benefit that native plants add to the landscape.
Native plants provide necessary shelter and food for bees, butterflies, birds and many other animals. They are also just as beautiful in our gardens and landscapes as non-native plants.
There are a number of definitions, depending on who you talk to, as to what constitutes a native plant, but I like this one from the National Wildlife Federation: “A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem or habitat without human introduction.”
There are a lot of plants in our wild areas that are not native, some have “naturalized” after escaping cultivation and some are just downright invasive taking over large tracts of land.
One of those invasive monsters is the Amur or Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii).