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for Carolina Country Vol. 43 Issue 0, Aug 2011
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While many native plants elsewhere on the continent were wiped out during the Ice Age glaciers, North Carolina's huge variety of plants survived They range from lady slippers to rhododendrons to the overpowering, hold-your-nose ramp. With development spreading in the mountains, forestland habitats for these hardy Ice Age descendants are disappearing. Miller describes how grassroots efforts, some pushed by mountain-area electric cooperatives, are working to protect and perpetuate the plants.
Invasive plants come in many categories, from trees to grasses. Once in they can take over a landscape and push out the native plants. They can be very difficult and costly to remove. Ney suggests ways to know and grow a native landscape and keep the invasive out.