Category Archives: Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

FERN: Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Christmas Fern is a forever plant, a lifetime fern with beautiful leathery lance-shaped fronds growing in arching, circular clusters from the crown. The common name is derived from its evergreen nature and from the shape of its pinnae which suggest Christmas stockings. This native is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex glabra (Inkberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native holly of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains displays lustrous evergreen foliage, which, along with its adaptability to varying light and moisture conditions, makes it a desirable alternative to finicky boxwoods. Wildlife favor its fruit and honey bees its nectar. Continue reading

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TREE: Betula nigra (River Birch, Red Birch)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Noted for beautiful, exfoliating bark and multiple trunks, River Birch is an excellent food source for wildlife, supporting hundreds of species of moths, butterflies, and songbirds. It is commonly found in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region from Pennsylvania to Virginia. The beauty of the tree’s bark can be seen in detail in this new video by Extension Master Gardener Mary Free. Continue reading

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FERN: Onoclea sensibilis (Sensitive or Bead Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This fern,* with distinctive, deeply lobed, chartreuse sterile fronds, is an excellent ground cover for low moist garden areas. Because of its sensitive nature, it grows best sheltered from prevailing winds … Continue reading

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