|The real war on imported weeds.
Cross pollination of plants can occur up to 8 miles from your garden by wind, insects or bees. if you live in an urban centre, only sow certified single species packets of imported seed from a specialist seed company, these tend to be available in the more honest retail outlets. Do not sow imported mixtures in rural gardens, see the letter below from Trinity College Botanic Garden, Dublin.
Imported mail order wildflowers are not checked for pests or disease when they enter the country, nor can they contain species native. How could they? they are imported.
Imported wild flower seed mixtures now found in creameries, garden centres and multiples and sold in boxes, usually with grass, are regularly checked by DBN to see what foreign flowers they contain. I find far too much grass for the price and the mixtures contain cultivated 'not so wild flowers' such as Calendula, Californian Poppy and Flax, which can be bought for half the price, elsewhere.
In effect the seller is a liar. they are not wild, they are in a box.
University of Dublin, Trinity College Botanic Garden, Dublin.
TO : Sandro Cafolla.
Design By Nature.
FROM : DR. Steve Waldren
Date : July 9, 1996
I am concerned about the introduction of foreign plant germplasm for
release into semi-natural or rehabilitated landscapes.
Of course thousands of species are introduced on a regular basis for
cultivation in gardens etc., the fact that we are able to grow so many
species reflects our mild climatic conditions.
In my opinion this is of no concern to conservationists, because the
plants raised are maintained in more or less controlled cultivated
Far more worrying is the trend of using foreign sources of species native
to Ireland for seed mixes sown along roadside verges and similar
situations which are intended to be semi-natural.
This foreign germplasm has the potential to interbred with our own native
Many of our native species differ slightly from continental populations,
they have evolved in relative isolation, and their uniquely Irish
genepools may be damaged with interbreeding with imported stocks.
It is for this reason that conservation of Irish genepools is so
If this letter is not enough, we have included a series of
copied pages from http://www.floralocale.org/
My personal reason for restricting non
natives is that they can leaf, flower and seed fruit or seed at different
times to natives. thus the birds and wildlife, esp' insects miss-time
there life cycles by a few weeks, and critical food sources may be missed.
This can effect large areas when motorway or industrial landscape are
planted to non native or non local provedence, native Irish sourced seed
of wildflowers, trees and shrubs.
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potential purchasers and users of UK and Irish native plants who are
planning to undertake ecological restoration schemes (including for
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promote good practice in sourcing and using native plants. Some of the
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See the web
page for full details. In accordance with the Code:
suppliers on this list with a
against their name have adopted the Flora locale Code of Practice for
collectors, growers and suppliers of native flora.
they are able to source identify some or all of the seed or plants that are supplied
where they can identify the country or locality of native origin and/or local provenance this information is available to actual and
prospective plant buyers ("the customer")
they are unable to source identify the country of native origin or
local provenance of plants or seed of native species, they inform the
customer that the locality of native origin and/or local provenance is
unknown. Species imported for seed mixtures
they identify to the plant buyer when a native species that is being supplied is of cultivated origin [in any case this does not
qualify for Flora locale's definition of a British native plant] or hybrid stock
they will not use the terms "British wildflower, British native, British plant" to describe flora that is not of British
native origin (or trees and shrubs that are not of native provenance) or to a locality within Britain and that they are equally discriminating over using the term English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish when used
they will only use the terms "local" and "regional" when describing flora of native origin or native provenance
to the local areas or region a referred to in their marketing literature or other
they agree not to substitute flora specified by the customer with plants or seed that are of a different native origin or native
provenance or of a different species than that specified, unless the client has agreed to this beforehand.
Flora Locale charter on growing native wild flora
DBN Seed Pledge and Grower-Producer Declaration