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Steve Massachusetts

A plant should be judged by what it contributes to the ecosystem in which it exists, not by its place of origin.

   
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens

Steve -- Exactly my point. Native plants have co-evolved relationships with wildlife and organisms above and below the soil line; they are part of a functional ecosystem. Do we know every last detail about how a plant works, or should we trust in nature a bit more?

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dreamdoctor

Steve - or by how it compromises /destroys that ecosystem is the point. After I watch Crown Vetch smother healthy prairie it doesn't take a leap of faith to judge it as needing to go and being unwelcome.

   
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