Restoring a lost landscape such as tallgrass prairie requires plant material; either seeds, plugs, or rootstock. Emphasizing ecological restoration, resource managers seek to use an appropriate genetic source for restoring prairie vegetation to the landscape. Source should not be confused simply with where the plant material is produced or sold (that is the geographic location of a production field, nursery, or seed dealer). Source refers to the original remnant or genetic source(s), sometimes referred to as the provenance, of the plant material. This source material may be used directly on a restoration site, or propagated to establish a commercial nursery or production field to produce larger quantities of the ‘source’ material.
Tallgrass Prairie Center
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©2018 Greg Houseal
Houseal, Greg, "Prairie Restoration Series: Native Seed Source and Quality" (2018). Tallgrass Prairie Publications and Reports. 38.