Plants in the wrong places

Habitat creation projects are plagued with the basic problem of getting the right
plants specified for and supplied. There are cases where plant users:
  • order inappropriate species
  • fail to specify their requirements of native origin plants accurately
  • place unrealistic and too highly specified orders for large quantities of plants
  •  that are unlikely to be available at short notice.
In turn, suppliers may:
  • misinterpret poor specifications
  • supply what is available, and apply substitution clauses in their small print which allows them to do so
  • have great difficulties in meeting a customer's requirements for large plant orders for which very
  • little notice has been given.
The net result is that:
  • the wrong species may be supplied (a hybrid, related species or cultivar that is more widely available than the native)
  • plant users and specifiers fail to get supplied with plants of native or local origin when this is what they wanted
  • cultivars are substituted for native plants (e.g. Fodder Burnet instead of Salad Burnet).
These issues are addressed in greater detail in Flora locale's and other publications in the library.


Flora locale has collated examples of the wrong plants having been used, and submissions are invited to provide more examples, in the hope that similar mistakes will not be repeated.

Crowthorne by-pass, Berkshire 
Polyanthus in the Cotswolds
Hungarian hawthorn
A Yorkshire motorway
The Natural History Museum

If you know of a similar example, send it to info at floralocale.org, remembering to include;

  • details of the place
  • the type of scheme (e.g. road verge seeding)
  • its location (e.g. A33 north of Basingstoke)
  • the species involved
  • what was wrong with the plants (e.g. wrong species, cultivars, inappropriate species, etc.) and any other comments.

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