A native plant is a plant that scientists have found to have originated from this area. We need to keep them on the land because they are already adapted to the area. The animals are adapted to them and need them. Also since we have bees here, we need to keep the plants that attract bees and insects. We have found plants already on the land that are native such as the coreopsis and the robin plantain. We feel we should keep them. Though we did find some that are invasive plants that we need to get rid of. We are doing a lot of research on plants we need to introduce to the land here. Some of these include the blue flag iris, turtle head flowers, bee balm, obedient plant, purple milkweed, spider lily, rattlesnake master, culvers root, swamp milkweed, angelica, and the showy goldenrod. These plants range in size and they all attract bees and butterflies. Also, they grow well by water such as our stream and are easy to grow and maintain.

In our stream, we are seriously lacking in aquatic plants and grasses. We have an over population of algae. We only have one variety of rush and about two types of sedges actually growing in the water. In order to have a healthy stream we must have a variety of plants including horsetails, bulrushes, arrowroot, fox sedge, arrowhead, narrow leaf cattail (which is not as aggressive as its relative, the common cattail), buffalo grass, water plantain, and scouring rush. Along the banks we should plant a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and trees. If we create wetlands or ponds we would be able to plant a variety of aquatic flowers, including the white water lily.

The following plants are recommended for use along our stream bank:

The Swamp Milkweed

The Rose Mallow

The Rattle Snake Master

The Cat Tail

The Blue Flag Iris

The Bee Balm Plant

For information on invasive plants found at MMSK, click here: Invasive Plants