Neonatives Vs. Old Natives – Defining Native Plants Isn’t Clear Cut

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Nature is adaptive and has translated that quality to all the life that it hosts. Neonative plants are a prime example of such adaptability. Plants that come from other regions often settle in quite comfortably to an area to which they are not native. This ability has led to changing definitions of what it means to categorize a plant as native. As climates change, plants shifting outside their normal range will become commonplace. In some instances, though, this may be problematic. Plants that establish in areas that they are not indigenous to are often called invasive. This has occurred in cases such as the kudzu vine which was imported to the American south to help stabilize soil. It is native to parts of Asia and has been called the “vine that ate the south.” Efforts to eradicate the plant are consistent, but it has still eaten up much of the […]

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