At Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, native plants are central to our mission and to all of our activities. They serve as an impetus for responsible land stewardship and offer a pleasurable way for each of us to reconnect with nature.
No matter how small, all plants play a valuable role in our lives.
Examples of native plants abound at the Preserve, where you'll find nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, vines, perennial wildflowers and ferns native to Pennsylvania.
Many Pennsylvania natives also are native to the nearby Mid-Atlantic States, such as New Jersey, Delaware, and even farther afield.
Native plants are those plants that grew in a defined region prior to European settlement. In the Delaware River Valley region, where Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is located, Europeans settled here in the 1600's. Native plants have evolved over thousands of years to be adapted to this area and to the other living creatures around them.
Non-native plants are those plants that were brought to the area by human activity, whether accidentally or purposefully. Throughout the settlement of our region, people brought the seeds of plants from their homelands, some of which have since spread into the wild. These plants are considered naturalized non-natives. Invasive non-native plants are those plants that have escaped into the wild and are destroying the native plants and ecosystems around them.