College Students Wild for Wildflower

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) — A survey of U.S. college students in plant-related disciplines indicates a deep interest in native wildflowers.

Researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville suggest incorporating wildflowers may help in promoting educational programs, gardening, landscaping and re-vegetation projects.

The study, published in HortTechnology, concludes students may have a generally low awareness of native wildflowers, but they expressed high levels of interest in learning more about the identification, cultivation and uses of native wild species.

“An opportunity exists for educators and the industry to couple this enthusiasm for wildflowers with multiple experiences in wildflower education and exposure,” study corresponding author Hector Eduardo Perez says in a statement.

Students also say they would prefer purchasing native wildflower seeds or finished plants from local retailers.

“The retail environment seemed to be remarkably important; students indicate that they would prefer to purchase seeds or plants from local retailers rather than through the Internet by an overwhelming majority,” the study authors say in a statement.

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