SEED GROWN / OPEN POLLINATED
Because plants grown from seed have two parents, they are genetically variable and contribute to a biodiverse population. This is the only propagation method in which offspring are not identical to each other. Populations of the straight species of New York Aster, for example, may display varying shades of purple, slightly different heights, slightly different bloom times and durations, etc. When viewed in a field, these variations are imperceptible. Diversity in plant populations can lead to overall longer flowering periods, which is aesthetically beneficial as well as beneficial for pollinators seeking food sources. A diverse population is also more resilient in the face of challenged growing conditions. Some individuals will be more drought tolerant, some more cold tolerant, etc.
A group of closely related plants that are very similar to each other and are usually capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring through seed. This is the most genetically variable type of plant we sell and is the core of the carefree, regional aesthetic we strive to create. In a marketplace where many plants are the result of intensive breeding and have three names, ie: Aster divaricatus ‘Eastern Star’. A straight species plant does not have a name in single quotes. For example, it will simply be Aster divaricatus.