Members of HCAS and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society have joined forces to encourage the availability and use of native plants for High Country landowners. With help from Kim Brand of the Audubon North Carolina Bird-Friendly Communities program, we will be working with local nurseries to ensure that they have native plants for customers to buy and identifying those plants so people will more easily know what to buy. These native plants are important to our native birds for foraging, nesting and roosting, and we hope that by identifying them more people will buy native plants and plant them around their homes.
Photo of Milkweed pod and seeds
Milkweed is best known for hosting monarch butterfly caterpillars, but they attract loads of insects that are great for birds, too. Goldfinches and other birds use the silky threads when nest building.