Over the past two or three decades there has been a steady and increasing drumbeat surrounding native plants. What once was a
fringe market has become a grassroots driven movement, sparked by consumers embracing green memes and gardeners seeking
hardy, trouble-free plants with the vigor to withstand our increasingly chaotic environment.
Defining native plants is far more difficult than growing them. Some listings include native cultivars, others refer to native as growing
in the contiguous 48 states, while others won’t use the term if the plant can’t be found within 50 miles of the planting site. We at
David Rose Perennials think you should be the judge. While all of the above will receive an
on tags and bench cards, a further
designator in the description (on labeling, bench cards, and our website) allows you to both make your own definitions and help
your customer make well-informed choices. They are as follows:
Native to The Northeast:
This is a species that can be found in the wilds of our sales area, defined by the states of New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. These are the “true” natives.
Native to The Lower 48:
This is a plant that is native to the contiguous United States, but not our sales area, as defined above.
This describes the majority of natives listed in most other catalogues.
This is a plant not found in the wild, but a selection or cultivar deriving at least half of its genetics from a wild
plant; the term nativar is becoming more frequently used to describe these plants.
We hope this helps you to both define your own selections, and inform and educate your customers. As you expand further into this
burgeoning segment of the market, we hope you continue to think of David Rose Perennials as both a source of good information,
and of great plants, to help you increase your sales.