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Missouri Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery gives a beautiful and peaceful place to go and shop as a family or a school group. The store has a room filled with plants that visitors can touch and feel. Whether it's a potted plant or a plant you can plant and watch grow, you'll love the variety and options that lie before you at Missouri Wildflower Nursery.Shipping Policy: We ship plant orders via UPS to most states, but we can't send live plant material to Florida or California. Plants are packed in boxes and held in place with shredded paper. Seed can generally be sent throughout the United States. We don't send any of our plants or seeds to other countries as we don't want to be responsible for introducing a species to an area where it could become invasive.

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Since 1984, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery has been growing and selling native plants and seeds. Mervin Wallace, native plant expert and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery owner, and his team provide the highest quality native plants to Missouri and the surrounding states. A longtime supporter of The Conservation Federation of Missouri and many other conservation groups within the state, Mervin and wife, Ginny Wallace, are some of the most dedicated conservationists in the state.I started the nursery because of my concerns about human impacts on wildlife and native plants. There were several nurseries in surrounding states starting to offer natives, but the plants were not genetically native to Missouri – they were species that grow here, but the stock originated from other states. I wanted to make sure that plants used in Missouri came from Missouri. I came along at a time when others were also making that discovery and the nursery and enthusiasm for native landscapes have grown together.

For example, the caterpillar of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly survives only on sassafras and spicebush. If we lose those plants, we also lose those butterflies. At the same time, most native insects do not use cultivated landscape plants. And adding to that, the vast majority of birds – even seed eaters – require a diet of insects when they are in the nest. In fact, research has shown it can take up to 300 caterpillars to fledge one chickadee. So a landscape without natives will not support nesting birds.With a seeding, annual weeds can be a serious headache, depending on prior use of the area. Later, some perennial weeds, like tall goldenrod (a native) and sericea lespedeza (exotic) can be haunting. Starting with a long term nurse crop like lanceleaf coreopsis, or foxglove beardtongue can significantly deter the annual weeds at the beginning. Vigilant spraying of sericea can keep it under control. I’m beginning to think the only way around canada goldenrod is to keep the goldenrod plants that surround the planting from making seed during the two or three year establishment phase. (Source: confedmo.org)

 

 

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