Native Plant Breeding: Bringing the Beauty of Nature Home - Introduction
Home owners enjoy beautiful flowers in their gardens. However, when water is limited, keeping the plants beautiful can be a challenge.
In nature, plants have adapted to grow and flower in less than ideal conditions.
Can home owners have the best of both worlds? Can they have beauty in their yard even when they can’t provide their plants with the perfect environment? The answer is yes, thanks to the work of native plant breeders and the careful attention they pay to the flowers of the plants they work with. Meet Dale, our native plant breeder. His goal is to develop and propagate native plants that have desired combinations of traits.
Dale works with many species of plants that are native to the great plains. He selects native plants that are visually appealing and learns how and where the plants are adapted to grow. Dale’s goal is to find variation among these plants that is passed on from a parent to it’s offspring and is thus genetically controlled.