Professional garden folks, amateur garden folks, academic garden folks and anyone else who has an interest have debated the definition of “native plant” for a long time. We think this will be a matter of discussion and debate for years to come. Many valid opinions exist - maybe there is no right or wrong?
At Plainview Farm, we consider as “native” those plants that existed here before the arrival of Europeans to America. Geographically, we focus on those plants that grew in the area east of the Mississippi.
Additionally, varieties (cultivars) derived from the breeding of native plants, such as heuchera and echinacea, are recognized as native.