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Old 02-05-2019, 09:51 PM   #23
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It's been a similar kind of experience for me. I think that it may be a natural evolution for people interested in the environment and native plants to move gradually from form to function when considering the value of a plant.

If a plant is good for pollinators it has my interest. If it's a natural supporting participant in an ecosystem I'm interested. Beauty is not irrelevant, but it has a much greater depth and broader scope than just the color of its flowers or the structure of its foliage.
I agree.

For many years, I have been interested in a variety of plants that are not very showy...or have small flowers not noticed at even a short distance. However, unless I encountered them, or found them on a field guide, I would not know them. The figworts were just not one I had ever remembered encountering.
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