A chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
As part of our “Bird-friendly Plants of the Year” project, HGCNY and Onondaga Audubon create a “Birdy Dozen” list of native plants each year, which is added to the previous years’ lists.
Below are the plants we’ve selected for each year so far. The initial lists (starting in 2017) feature more herbaceous plants than woodies, but eventually — when we can give growers enough advance notice — we’ll include more woodies, which are so important for birds.
2017 Native plants for birds
Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa Syn. Cimicifuga racemosa)
Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Oswego tea (Monarda didyma)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
White turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Purple flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Red oak (Quercus rubra)