Plant a Meadow

Known for their striking colors and textures, meadows are grassland habitats that include a mix of wild grasses and wildflowers. Meadow grasses provide structural support with their dense, thick stems, and their fibrous root systems provide significant erosion control. Meadows also provide important habitat and food sources for many species of wildlife.

Love Wildlife? Plant a Meadow. Meadows support an impressive variety of wildlife. Tall grasses and wildflowers provide dense cover for ground-nesting birds and burrowing animals which attract predators including foxes, hawks and owls. Flowers provide important food sources with their blooms, leaves and seeds that support a vast variety of insects. Birds feed on these insects as well as highly nutritious seeds produced by meadow plants. Some plant species provide for a larger variety of insects than others, so choose wisely.

Take Action! Despite their undeniable value, meadows continue to be replaced by crops, pastures and development. Consequently, erosion and runoff has increased and many wildlife species that depend on grasslands are disappearing. Meadow projects are an excellent way to increase valuable native habitat and help restore plant and animal populations.

A native wildflower meadow sign at Adkins Arboretum on Maryland's Eastern Shore

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