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Voices of the West; New Science on Life in the Garden: Native Plants

Articles: Voices of the West; New Science on Life in the Garden: Native Plants

As a gardener, I want it all—a thriving habitat full of native plants designed to attract wildlife, plants that evoke childhood memories, fragrant blossoms, intriguing foliage, delicious treats, and beautiful, inviting spaces for hanging out. Surprisingly, delving into the recent science on native plants for insects and other wildlife has inspired me to add more non-native lavender (Lavandula spp. and cvs.) to my garden. Recent research suggests that lavender may serve as a helpful trap plant (a plant that draws wildlife attention from another plant) that attracts the non-native honey bees with which it evolved and leaves more native plant resources to the native bees.

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