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Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed

Plants in Massachusetts

Crawling vines, sprawling shrubs, blooming wildflowers, and more. The plant life in Massachusetts is both beautiful and ecologically beneficial. 

How can you support plant life in Massachusetts? 

For one, you can learn to recognize the difference between native plants, those that have evolved alongside other species found in Massachusetts, and invasive plants, those that were introduced to our area and outcompete native species. 

You can also support the insects and birds that pollinate plant life and allow them to grow back year after year. Recognize species that preform essential ecological functions, like pest deterrent and flood management, to sustainably steward land for years to come. 

Once you look a little closer, you'll see each garden, forest, and field is made up of a patchwork of plant life that, when supported correctly, benefits all life. 

Learn About Plant Life in Massachusetts

Spotted Joe-pye Weed with bee
Spotted Joe-pye Weed

Native & Beneficial Plants

Get to know native and wildlife friendly plants.

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Garlic Mustard flowers

Invasive Plants

Learn to recognize these damaging species. 

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Visit a Demonstration Garden

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