Have you ever heard that you should “plant native plants to save water?”
I chuckled at this article for the Florida Native Plant Society:
They’re really right. I’ve heard that many times. “Natives save water!” As I commented beneath their article… “not if you plant elderberries or cattails!”
If you’re in California dealing with drought, it makes sense to yank out your lawn and plant some native low-water plants… but not all natives are created equally.
(Incidentally, I’ve thought of joining FNPS, but I’m afraid they’ll stone me for some of my more invasive experiments. I love the idea of preserving native species and growing what’s already proven to thrive here… but I also have a thing for mad producers that make zillions of babies and LOTS of food.)
Anyone out there a member? Anyone growing cattails in a pine hammock?