We came across a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times explaining the importance of planting endangered native plant species in our yards. Read the article below:
Re “Early Bloomers,” by Richard B. Primack, Abraham J. Miller-Rushing and Becca Stadtlander (Op-Ed, April 19):
The loss of many of the once abundant wildflowers and plants recorded by Henry David Thoreau and later botanists, and their replacement by nonnative invasive species like purple loosestrife and garlic mustard, is rightly attributed to increased development, pollution, roads, larger deer populations and climate change.
But our failure to include regionally endangered and locally extirpated flowers and plants in our backyard gardens and public landscapes is another contributing factor. Planting native species, instead of introductions from Asia and Europe, helps achieve the dual goals of preventing the takeover by invasive nonnative flowers and plants and the extinction of our increasingly threatened native species.
For example, the beautiful, but now rare, yellow-flowered Canada lily featured in the article is a perfect native alternative to the popular but invasive European yellow flag iris.
Gardeners and landscapers have a major role to play in preserving America’s precious legacy of native flowers and plants. And making thoughtful gardening and landscaping choices helps prevent our gardens, public landscapes and natural areas from being taken over by invasive introduced species.
Wilmette, Ill., April 20, 2012
The writer is co-author of “The Midwestern Native Garden, Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants.”