Plant Database forum: NATIVE parameter

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crittergarden
Oct 6, 2014 4:32 PM CST
I'd find it really helpful to have a parameter int he database for a plants native area.

"Native" can be so vague - native to the continent of North America is not specific enough - It could be native to Florida but not British Columbia.

And I am increasingly concerned with getting plants native to where I'll be planting them.

Anybody agree?
Any reason not to?
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Horntoad
Oct 6, 2014 4:43 PM CST
This topic has been brought up in the past on more than one occasion. The term native opens up a can of worms that Dave did not want to get into, but I think he said that it was ok to make note of a plants nativity in the comments. If you are looking for a place to find if a plant is native, I would recommend Biota of North America (BONAP) http://bonap.net/NAPA/Genus/Traditional/County
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crittergarden
Oct 6, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Thanks for the link!
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Bonehead
Oct 6, 2014 6:46 PM CST
I am also interested in planting more natives and less invasives - and agree that either term can be a hot button. I have been trying to include that information in my plant comment relative to my own growing region, without trying to figure out what the precise range is for either term. I just note what the status is in the PNW. In response to a courteous suggestion, I modified my language to read 'native IN the Pacific NW' rather than 'native TO the PNW' which implied an exclusive relationship.

And, thanks, Horntoad, for the link - that is very helpful along with my local field guide.
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