|darker pink flowered seedling|
|species' standard bloom color|
This year, I noticed a new seedling, at a far remove from the original, near a couple of clumps of the dark pink.
Genetic diversity is important for species' survival. It allows for adaptation to changing environmental conditions and attacks by new pests. While buying cultivars has advantages of consistency of form or color, or other desirable traits such as dwarfism, gardeners should try to include species wildflowers in their gardens when possible. Aside from helping ensure the future of these plants, gardeners can enjoy nature's creativity and variety.
This post is part of Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail of Clay and Limestone.