Definition of "native" plant can be unclear

06/26/2013 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

Plant experts differ on the definition of a "native" plant, writes Jeff Gillman, an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota. Some define them as those that existed in an area before European settlers arrived, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources classifies them as plants that are not affected by human activity and environmental changes. To create a healthy landscape, blend native and exotic plants together to boost resistance against pests and diseases, Gillman advises.

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