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Plant lovers attend a past Wild Ones-Gibson Woods' Native Plant Sale at Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center in Hammond.


Looking for a few intriguing additions to your landscape?

The Wild Ones-Gibson Woods' 17th annual Native Plant Sale, with more than 100 species of flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns and shrubs, is sure to have something to add pizzazz to your garden.

Included in the sale are plants suited for full sun and shade settings like wetlands and woods, said Kim Moor, editor of the Wild Ones-Gibson Wood newsletter. The national nonprofit promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

“We encourage people to come early if they’re looking for hard to find or popular plants and for the best selection,” Moor said.

New plants on the list this year is Ohio Goldenrod and Ditch Stonecrops with green flowers, which grow to a height between 1 to 2 feet.

None of the plants sold at the Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale are from true native plants, meaning they are naturally occurring and have not been cultivated for a distinctive traits or characteristics such as color, size, resistance to insects and diseases, shape of the flowers or leaves and tolerance to environmental conditions.

“A cultivar is a variation of a native plant,” said Moor, who offers as examples hostas that might have been cultivated to have colored leaves.