Wild Wisdom of Native Plants:
Ever have a really warm spell before the "real" spring comes to your area? Early warm spells may have tricked your tulips into thinking spring had arrived. But how did the native plants in your region respond? Native plants are those that have grown wild in a place for thousands and thousands of years. Because they've been around for so long, they are specially adapted to the unique climate of a region. Nature has taught hard lessons over the eons, and native plants have a wild wisdom that makes them very difficult to fool. An early warm spell won't trick them into emerging until spring arrives.
your tulips are a "garden variety." (The term "garden variety"
is often used to describe something with an inherent weakness.) Your tulips'
genetic make up was shaped by gentle human hands rather than by nature's
hand. Young and inexperienced, tulips don't have the wisdom for survival
that a native plant has.
National Science Education Standards
All organisms must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions in a constantly changing external environment. (5-8)
Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species through gradual processes over many generations. Species acquire many of their unique characteristics through biological adaptation, which involves the selection of naturally occurring variations in populations. Biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance survival and reproductive success in a particular environment. (5-8)
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