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The use of native plants is increasing nationally among gardeners and is an emerging niche market for the green industry ( Hamill, 2005 ). The definition for a native plant is not universally accepted, which has resulted in some confusion. The U

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Non-native invasive species pose a significant threat to aquatic ecosystems and can disrupt the use of invaded systems. For example, alien plants often outcompete indigenous flora and form monocultures that cannot be used by native fauna, which

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). These methods have not been used for evaluating stands of native grasses with variable visual characteristics. The color of native turfgrass stands vary widely, making comparisons of turfgrass quality difficult. This is a challenge in the development of

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The Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Web site was developed in partial fulfillment of the MS requirements for Eileen Herring from the Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Department, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

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irrigation if plant selection is appropriate for site conditions ( Sachs et al., 1975 ). When choosing landscape plant material, native species are promoted as drought tolerant by everyone from the popular media to university professionals ( Bodle, 2001

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is the rising demand and use of native plants ( Brzuszek and Harkess, 2009 ; Brzuszek et al., 2007 ). For instance, the estimated sales value of native plants in Florida during 1997 was about $106 million, by 2005, sales reached about $316 million

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A recent trend in the United States has been the branding of native plant species and cultivars. The American Beauties ™ Collection was introduced in Spring 2006 through a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and several

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recognized solution to the loss of invasive shrubs is the increased use of native shrubs for landscaping. A survey of 270 members of the CNLA found that growers strongly favored the promotion of native plants as a solution to the invasive plant problem

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species is native or exotic (nonnative) to a continent or specific area of actual or potential invasion. Additional bias(es) may result from implicating spread explicitly based on human-mediated factors and removing humans from species consideration in

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In most settings, native germplasm proves, in the worst-case scenario, to be “weedy” and, occasionally, invasive. A weed is normally defined as a plant, native or non-native, that is not valued where it is growing ( U.S. Department of Agriculture

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