Is the plant I have chosen native to the UK ?
The definition of ‘native plant’ is:
Any wild plant indigenous to a country, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrid and naturalised exotics.
The New Flora of the British Isles 3rd Edition, by Clive Stace, will be used as the main point of reference to determine whether a plant is classed as native, for the purpose of this exhibition.
There are other resources that you may find useful as you research, study and illustrate your chosen plant:
To check if your chosen plant is native to the UK, the Online Atlas of British and Native Flora is a good point of reference. To access the flora go to:
Any plant labelled as ‘native’ or ‘archaeophyte’ can be included. Those labelled as ‘neophyte’ refer to plants that are not native and were introduced in recent history.These can therefore not be included.
The books detailed below are those that provide a thorough overview of British flora and other plant groups:
The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose and Claire O’Reilly (Revised edition) 2006
Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland (2nd edition) 2013 by Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter and Alastair Fitter
Collins Wildflower Guide (2nd edition) 2016 by David Streeter
Collins Tree Guide 2006 by Owen Thomson
British Trees: A photographic guide to every common species
(Collins Complete Guide) 2008 by Paul Sterry
Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North Western Europe 1989 by Francis Rose
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