As some of you may know from my other recent thread, I have recently completed my second tour of duty in the Army and I am now home after eight years away. Now that I am back, I am once again managing my grandmother's acreage for her, acreage that is prime habitat for CPs. The plants that used to inhabit her land in northeast Florida were Sarracenia minor, Sarracenia psittacina, Sarracenia flava, several tiny, very Droseras of in-determinant species and Pinguicula caerulea.
All of the plants except S. minor and P. caerulea have always been relatively uncommon on her land. Now that I am back and taking care of her property for her as I have always done, I wish to restore the habitat to its prime condition while also keeping her yard clear and pretty (as she wants it). I don't see a reason why these goals have to be counter-productive.
My question is, what would be the ethical considerations of reintroducing these plants? Since my return, I have been unsuccessful in identifying any S. flava or Drosera. The S. minor are doing well but not as well as they used to, the Pings are thriving and the S. psittacina is present but very sparse. I would especially like to supplement the existing S. psittacina with plants from elsewhere and would like to re-establish a population of S. flava (assuming I don't find some still, I've not covered every square inch of land yet; I don't think I've covered every square inch of land in the 23 years that she's owned the place!)
The reason that these plants died back is likely due to the fact that her land was primarily pine savanna until about five years ago when she had the pines harvested. The secondary growth has gone crazy in the last five years and has choked out the native grasses and CPs. She is entirely opposed to the idea of a controlled burn (I can't say that I entirely blame her), but I am able to brush hog (a giant, pull behind mower) the property to control the secondary growth. I am hesitant to spray glyphosate for fear of killing desirable plants. I will be planting new longleaf pine over the next few years to help with naturally restoring the ecosystem.
I know that poaching wild plants is a major no-no, even if it is for habitat restoration elsewhere. What would the best route of acquiring new plants to add to this ecosystem be? Do I just go to an online nursery and pick out some S. flava and S. psittacina and stick them in the dirt or should there be more thought to go into this process?
I've got a hearty grasp on how to control the land, I just need help figuring out how to decide which morphs to add and what would be the ideal place from which to acquire them.
Thank you for your time,