pete@eastbaywilds.com PRO 8:38pm, 23 September 2008
hello.

there are a number of photos of plants which are not native to california on this site. are people interested in knowing which ones are native and which ones aren't? if you say yes, then maybe we can add comments about them. thanks.

pete
marymactavish PRO 10 years ago
I'm very interested in knowing, the first thing I noticed when perusing the photostream was that there was a scarlet pimpernel, which is beautiful, but non-native -- I think it would be cool if non-native but common plants were identified as such if they're in the pool.
Different Apple PRO 10 years ago
Yah, I think if yr. gonna name the group Native Plants of California, it implies that even pretty, non-invasive species like Anagalis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) should not be included. You have to decide if you want the group to feature artfully photographed plants of California (which may or may not be native or easily identifiable) or only correctly identified native plants (which may be more readily identifiable, but not always artful). It's not so easy to satisfy both requirements.

I favor inclusion with lots of dialogue.
level care [deleted] 9 years ago
'Native to California' is a little different from 'common to California'. If the poster doesn't distinguish, then a comment should clear it up. Also, some folks, like myself, are vague as to latin name, but sure of something being 'native'. An expert comment can clear that up too.
I think that a tag for 'county found' wouldn't hurt either. California has quite a variety of bio-regions.
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bright strangely 9 years ago
"Yah, I think if yr. gonna name the group Native Plants of California, it implies that even pretty, non-invasive species like Anagalis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) should not be included"

i disagree. i named it "native plants of california" and i wanted to locate both kinds of plants in a common group so that people with little or no plant knowledge could have one place to search.

i had a very hard time identifying some plants that were not native and therefore not represented on sites that were only depicting native species.

please feel free to add as much information as you can about the species you recognize :)
flygrl67 PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by flygrl67 (member) 8 years ago
I think whether it was put on mistakenly or if it is a common non-native found in CA it should remain in the group as long as it's clearly & prominently described as "Non-Native" so that people can LEARN. I grew up in California, and hike many, many miles on its trails, however I frequently see particular plants & do not know if they are native or not.

Actually, to clarify my thought on the matter, I think the non-natives to remain should ONLY be the ones that are so frequently seen in CA that they are confused with being native....not just any old plant just because it's attractive.
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