Native Plants of Distant Hill

"Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it."E.O. Wilson

Western Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), the only species of the genus Anaphalis that is native to North America.
Western Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) a native perennial at Distant Hill Gardens.

What are Native Plants ... and Why are they so Important?

At Distant Hill Gardens, we define a native plant as one that grew here prior to European colonization. These native plants are important because of the direct connection between these natives and the insects, birds, and other wildlife that feed on them.  

 

For an example, in many cases native insects will not feed on non-native plants. This give the non-native plants an advantage over the native species in their survival. As the native plants are slowly replaced by alien species, many native insects will also begin decreasing in number. As a result, many of the birds that rely on these insects for food will also decline - an unending downward spiral.

A Biodiverse Collection of Natives at Distant Hill

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) growing at Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, New Hampshire.
A Native Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum).

Due to the large number of  Natural Communities found at Distant Hill, we have a very biodiverse collection of native plants and fungi growing on the property.

 

To view a list of the native plants growing in our forest, fields and wetlands:

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Plant ... A living organism that doesn’t move

Aristotle (384-322 BCE) placed all living things into two groups:

  1. Plants - which generally do not move
  2. Animals - which usually are mobile to catch their food

 

It has since been determined that the plant kingdom is more complicated and includes several other groups, like fungi, lichen and algae, that are not true plants. In an attempt to keep things simple, we are using Aristotle's definition of a plant and include fungi, lichen, and algae in the lists above even though they are not now considered plants.