Tag Archives: Native Plants

Research: Sorghastrum nutans

If you are on our email list you may have received an email recently extolling the virtues of Sorghastrum nutans, or Indian Grass. You may have heard about allelopathic properties attributed to Sorghastrum nutans. This means that, similar to Juglans nigra (Black Walnut), the plant exudes plant growth regulating chemicals that inhibit plant growth around […]

Plants with a Point

Nope, not spiky, thorny, spiny or prickly plants. These are plants with cardinal points. You probably read in a recent email update* about Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ and the fact that its flowers always point east. The same is true with sunflowers. While researchers are still not quite sure why this is the case, there […]

Considering Root Diversity

When planning projects we are often considering diversity: the diversity of the animals who will be using them, pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, mammals; the diversity of seasonal interest: flowering time, showy fruits, good fall color, winter structure; the diversity of texture, shape and size. But have you considered the diversity of the roots of plants […]

Miss Jackson if you’re nasty…

Janet Jackson’s classic “Nasty” let people know she demanded respect. Her full name in the song is Janet Privacy Control 💪. Her first name ain’t baby. But if you are nasty you can call her Miss Jackson. If you are unsure of the reference – is that possible? – here is a video: We have […]

Beyond Sedums: Native Plants for Green Roofs

Green roofs abound. Even little bird houses, like these at the Smithsonian Gardens, are popping up with their own garden rooftops. In our opinion, there are not enough yet and some serious research needs to be done in adaptive reuse, engineering and regulation for turning existing asphalt roofs into heightened oases. Whether it’s a tool […]

Other Native Plant Blogs: The Prairie Ecologist

We are a sucker for great photos. The Prairie Ecologist has great photos. Visit for the pictures. Insect pictures, flower pictures, wide mid-western prairie pictures. Stay for the words. They are all (well, mostly) contributed by Chris Helzer. Chris is the Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. He documents the seasons, research, […]

Bringing the Blooms Indoors

We plant natives for the pollinators, to support the ecological systems, for the birds, yes, yes we do. But there’s a reason we plant some and not others, why “nativars” are a thing and why New Moon Nursery can’t sell ugly plants  (we have tried! and tried again!)- because we plant them (and are able […]

Native Perennials for Clay Soils

Last year was the wettest in NJ history and the 2nd wettest year in Philadelphia-area history. We seem to be on track to meet or surpass the goal this year, every month in the spring featured above average rainfall. You are all likely aware of this. All of this rainfall may have exasperated areas of […]

Supporting the Threatened and Endangered: Butterflies

Seems Instagram and Facebook are filled with photos of Monarchs and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on all types of colorful and not-so-colorful (Yes, Mountain Mint I am talking to you!) flowers this time of the year. These fascination with butterflies inspired us to talk about some lesser know flying beauties that are struggling and the […]

Alternative Thinking

Nearly since the beginning we have produced non-natives. There are pet plants and plants everyone asks for and so it would be crazy not to sell them – we are a business after all – and those plants in question have no record of invasiveness or other harm on the ecology of a place, at […]