• Field thistle (Cirsium discolor) stands out in a meadow
  • An intriguing community of woodland plants
  • Swamp rose-mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) glows in summer
  • Logs & branches make grand lounge chairs
  • Leaf litter nourishes all kinds of yummy bird treats
  • Our Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) has high wildlife value
  • Tall Flat-topped White Aster (Doellingeria umbellata) with goldenrods
  • This checkered-fringe prominent caterpillar chomps on American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
  • A fantastic plant for all types of visitors: Wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare)
  • American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is a handsome understory tree
  • Perhaps this is the egg of the Wild Indigo Duskywing on Baptisia australis?
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Native Plants & Critters

Plant Native Ground Covers & Make America Green Again
When I think about making America green again, I dream of filling in all those stark areas of unnaturally dyed mulch.
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Death by Urban Landscaping: How popular landscape plants are destroying local forests
by Beverley Rivera. As the weather warms, Northern Virginia appears to come alive almost overnight, trees leaf out and unique wildflowers blossom beneath the awakening canopy; but this greening of everything around us actually belies a chilling outlook: much of the striking new foliage is not supposed to be here.
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Nectar Sources for Large-Winged Butterflies of the Mid-Atlantic 
Ooooo, a monarch! It takes an erratic path across the garden, bright orange wings gliding and flapping, drifting and fluttering.
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How to Feed a Hummingbird Part II: Flowers & Nectar
This is Part II in a two-part series. Part I of How to Feed a Hummingbird: Insects & Protein revealed that 80 percent of a hummingbird’s diet is comprised of insects and spiders.
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Goin' Green & Clean

Rat Poison Kills A Hell of a Lot More Than Just Rodents
I inspected the tiny creature closely. It must have died recently, its brown and white furred body still soft and supple.
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How to Control Mosquitoes Without Killing Pollinators and Other Important Wildlife
by Susan Gitlin. Warm weather and mosquitoes will be here before you know it, leading many of us to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being pestered by those annoying little—and sometimes disease-bearing—biters.
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Zika Virus Threat: Don't Double Down on Trouble
Editorial by Miles Benson. First responders to any Zika virus threat in this country had better be careful.
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Leaf Litter: Nature Knows What She's Doing
It’s that time of year already.  Autumn… or fall, if you prefer, a bittersweet season when summer heat retreats and leaves begin their graceful descent to the ground.
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Invasive Aliens

Did the Pachysandra Kill the Hickory Tree?
by Joan Gottlieb. In my yard there is a large bed of Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), a plant widely used in landscaping.
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Cats Preying on Wildlife: Natural or Not?
Free-roaming cats are a common sight in our suburban neighborhoods, but the toll they take on native wildlife often remains invisible.
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Do Not Plant: Bradford Pear
The asian import, Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), commonly called Bradford Pear, is an ornamental tree that’s widely used in landscaping.
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Orange is the New... Orange
It is ubiquitous.  The plant with striking orange flowers thriving in dense drifts.  In the shade, in the sun.
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Native Captivated (about us)

ChooseNatives.org is wild for wildlife! To nurture a healthy, balanced ecosystem and help restore natural habitats for insect, bird and mammal populations, we promote Mid-Atlantic native plants over non-native alien plants.

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Image Gallery

Take a gander at some of our natural areas, native plants and the wildlife they support.

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Videos

Watch some interesting nature type stuff.

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