Native Plants: a Feast for Fall

Good afternoon, BioBlitz-ers!

Thank you to everyone who had turned out in search of native plants! We are having great results so far, with over 200 submitted observations of plants and the pollinators that rely on them, totally nearly 170 species. With five days left to contribute, I'm confident we can clear 200 species by the end. Do you think 500 total observations is within reach?

One of the many important roles native plants play in our landscapes is feeding wildlife. You can see the abundance of ripe fruits, hearty seeds, and nectar-supplying blossoms that late summer and early autumn provide in many of the BioBlitz pictures. Some of my favorites are the observations of the vibrant purple fruits on American beautyberry. These plants will remain eye-catching for months to both us humans and to hungry birds like cardinals, robins, and thrushes.

Native plants can feed people, too! Each of the three wild plant species in the photo below are edible (and tasty, in my opinion) and have been observed around the area by BioBlitz participants. Can you name any of these outdoor delicacies?

(And yes, I did start snacking as soon as the picture was taken.)

Festival Day is fast approaching!

On Saturday, September 18th, come out to the New Hanover County Arboretum from 10:00-3:00 for garden tours and presentations from expert horticulturalists, and 17 exhibitors with educational displays and children's activities! Native plant sales will be available at Shelton Herb Farm, Wild Bird & Garden (Wilmington location), and more. Hope to see you there!

If you're interested in foraging for wild plants, you'll want to study up well in advance. There are dangerous lookalikes for many wild edibles, and starting with an experienced guide is best.

פורסם על-ידי as_is_the_sea as_is_the_sea, ספטמבר 15, 2021 04:03 אחה"צ


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