SOURCE IDENTIFIED PLANTS

Source identified plants are labeled with their specific location of origin. Source Identification in restoration and in the landscape is essential in an effort to maintain the genetic integrity of each plant community, and adds to the likelihood the individual will survive. Source identification is the process of labeling and data management that allows us to track the natural source of the seed or plant. For example, an Artemisia californica from the Sierra Nevada and an Artemisia californica from coastal San Diego County are the same species, however they have evolved and adapted with different genetics for different environments. With the source identified, RECON Native Plants can tell our clients within 5 miles, the origin of each plant and the client can select the location most appropriate to their project. Our seed collectors take great care to label every lot of seed with species name, harvesting location and date. This information remains with the seed and plants during their stay with us and is passed on to our customers.