Native Plant Trail – Powhatan

This garden is in Fighting Creek Park at 2200 Mann Rd, Powhatan, 23139.   It follows the 1/4 mile loop trail behind the Powhatan County Library.  Plants are identified with signs.

Native Plants on the Trail: We have created a list giving some information on the native plants along the trail. Click here to print list of plants. The plants identified by signs on the trail have been entered into www.plantsmap.com as a Collection under GOOCHLAND-POWHATAN MASTER GARDENERS EDUCATIONAL GARDENS. An easier way to access the Native Plant Trail on plantsmap is to use this link.  Each plant is identified with its botanical and common name and most entries have photos. The GPS coordinates for each plant are included under Notes.
For more information or to volunteer contact one of the co-project leaders.

 

What are Native Plants?

Native plants are species that have evolved in a particular region over an extended period of time. Factors that govern their success or demise include: climate, soil, geographical and topographical characteristics of the area, as well as interactions with other species in that same area.

Typically, native plants are more disease resistant, drought resistant, pest resistant and most are deer resistant.

What is the Fighting Creek Park Native Plant Trail?

Our hope is that by learning about native plants here in the park, you will be able to identify and appreciate them in your landscape at home. Most of the plants, identified by signs, have appeared without being planted. These include the various blueberry species, the wild azaleas and the ferns.

Some of the plants are nursery or garden propagated and are presented as suggestions for your shady landscape. Some of the plants are only visible during certain seasons, especially spring.

If you don’t see one of these “ephemerals”, come back in another season.

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