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Seeds that are collected from the wild need very specific growing conditions for germination. Most wild seeds need stratification, which is the process of chilling and thawing which occurs naturally throughout the seasons. Other seeds need certain ph, moisture, temperature, or light conditions. With all of the natural habitat destruction that has been occuring recently, it is no surprise that there are over 300 wild plant species on the federal threatened and endangered lists. Because there are already so many problems, it is unwise to collect wild plant seeds to grow in your garden, unless you are sure that you have the identical growing conditions. In fact, it may even be illegal to collect seeds.
The best way to enjoy wild plants is in their own natural environment. However, if you still want to grow native flowers, you can buy seeds and plants from specialized nurseries.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|