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Native Plants

Jaide

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Intending to add some native flowers to the edges of our yard, and build a little English garden with native plants in one spot. I would love to do it as a celebration of Ostara, but I doubt I'll be able to put seeds in the ground that early; even wildflowers. I thought about potting them, but the idea of potting wildflowers is kind of counterproductive, I think. Is there a tool or website y'all use to find out what plants are native to your area? I considered popping down to the Heritage Foundation, but they're only open Friday afternoon, and Incog is always busiest then.
 

Scottish_Pride

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So, first thing I may do is a quick google search along the lines of “plants native to [insert state/country]. Or if you’re in a certain region, such as the Pacific Northwest or southern UK, etc., you can google plants native to that region. But from there, you can probably find a very generous helping of leads to start off you

Remember that a plant’s native range can be much larger than you’d think. There are plants native to the bulk of a continent, or even spanning across continents. A lot of it largely depends on the climate conditions the species is able to tolerate, because seeds can and will travel over the millennia. So if it can survive to exploit new territory, it will.

One valuable resource I’d also recommend seeing if you can access at some point, is the nearest botanical garden. They’re often a government funded thing, but even when they’re not, these places exist largely to help educate the public about the area’s native plants. The people working at them often are botanists, who have been studying these native plants for years and years. So it’s a prime opportunity to pick an expert’s brains, or even just spend an afternoon walking around and reading the signs you come across.
 

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One valuable resource I’d also recommend seeing if you can access at some point, is the nearest botanical garden. They’re often a government funded thing, but even when they’re not, these places exist largely to help educate the public about the area’s native plants. The people working at them often are botanists, who have been studying these native plants for years and years. So it’s a prime opportunity to pick an expert’s brains, or even just spend an afternoon walking around and reading the signs you come across.

I didn't consider a botanical garden. I'll have to look around and see if I can find one close. Thanks!
 
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