What Native Plants Should I Plant?
A common question, without an easy answer.
Publications for Gardeners
Maryland Cooperative Extension Service: https://extension.umd.edu/
Chesapeake Native Plant Center: http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/ In 2003, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the publication, Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Citizens, schools, non profit organizations, communities and government agencies used this resource to find the native plants that met their local conditions and interests in order to create landscapes to attract wildlife and reduce the amount of pollutants going into the Chesapeake Bay. This expanded online guide includes a geo-locator feature to identify plants suited to your location, a searchable database of the native plants that meet your conditions.
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office. These three lists specifically address the different habitats in the three sections of our state. There is a general section in each list that covers such topics as "designing a habitat". The light, moisture, and soil requirements are outlined for each species. The plant information for these lists was compiled by MNPS member Carol Jelich.
Celebrating Wildflowers with the USDA Forest Service. Find some wildflower activities, see where to view wildflowers in the National Forests, and even see some wildflower photos.