Through our new virtual programming series, Nature in your Neighborhood, we challenged volunteers to go out into their neighborhoods or backyards to see what plants sparked their interest. Whether plants are native or non native, we can all appreciate a connection to nature and the curiosity that it can spark!
By: Alex Taylor
One plant that is growing in my neighbourhood is seaside buckwheat which in latin is Eriogonum latifolium. This plant is native to the west coast of the US and it supports a lot of pollinating insects. This makes it great for habitat restoration projects.
Another plant that is growing in my neighbourhood is common yarrow which in latin is Achillea millefolium. Common yarrow originated in Asia a long time ago but it has spread throughout Europe and America. Common yarrow attracts butterflies, bees and other insects making it common in many gardens and also great for restoration.