• Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is the bee's knees
  • Orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) happy in the sun
  • Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) always makes a statement
  • Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) blooms in Shenandoah National Park
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) flowers are fleeting but memorable
  • One of our resident Carolina wrens
  • Green & gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) planted with Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
  • Spring blooming golden ragwort (Packera aurea)
  • Pretty New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  • A ladybug larva hanging out on pasture thistle (Cirsium pumilum)
  • Rose-pink (Sabatia angularis)
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Native Plants 'n' Critters

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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How to Feed a Hummingbird Part I: Insects & Protein
This is Part I of a two-part series. There’s high excitement on this lovely afternoon as a male ruby-throated hummingbird guzzles at our feeder.
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Virginia 'Rabbit Proof' Native Plants
Precious pink wiggly nose, slender silken ears, a fuzzy snowball of a tail  — all wrapped up in a cuddly but voracious plant-chomping package.
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Goin' Green 'n' 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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In 'n' Around NoVA

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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Replacing Lawn with Natives at a Virginia Rest Stop
On a cloudy humid morning, a small group of about 50 diverse people came together at the Dale City, Virginia, northbound rest stop.
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The Unusual Occurrance of Dead Animals
Dear neighbors, We have had unusual incidents of wildlife turning up dead or dying in our neighborhood.
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Fairfax County Gives Away 'Green' Money
Calling all Homeowner and Civic Associations!  Fairfax County, Virginia, has launched their Conservation Assistance Program.
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Native Captivated (about us)

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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

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

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Videos

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Watch some interesting nature type stuff.

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