• Starburst from ice on pinxter
      Starburst from ice on a pinxter azaela branch
  • Red Maple tree top sparkles with ice in the sun
      Red maple tree top sparkles with ice in the sun
  • Bare trees
       Bare trees against a winter sky
  • Holly Berries
       The holly berries remained on the tree until early Feb. when a bunch of robins came and finished them all in a few days
  • Mountain Laurel
      Mountain Laurel - Kalmia latifolia - Leaves encased in ice
  • White Pine
      Signature of winter: snow
  • More snow
      More snow
  • Dogwood
      Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida - Glistening flower buds encased in ice
  • Dogwood
      Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida - Frozen drops of water
  • Virginia Anemone
      Virginia Anemone - Anemone virginiana - Snow resting atop of fruit head
  • Mountain Laurel
      Mountain Laurel - Kalmia latifolia - More ice
  • Aster
      Snow settled atop an aster fruit head
  • White Pine
      White Pine - Pinus strobus - Frozen water drops
  • Sweet Pepperbush
      Sweet Pepperbush - Clethra alnifolia - Snow ladened sweet pepperbush
  • White Pine
      White Pine - Pinus strobus - Beads of frozen water drops
  • Skunk Cabbage
      Skunk Cabbage - Symplocarpus foetidus - When you see skunk cabbage flowers, spring is coming soon

NJ Anti-Invasives Legislation

We just became aware of a bill that has been introduced in both the NJ Assembly (A-4460) and Senate (S-3086) that would prohibit the sale of certain invasive plants in NJ. A copy of the Assembly bill can be found at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A4500/4460_I1.PDF The Senate Bill is identical.

Since we are NOT an advocacy group, this information is for educational purposes only, to make you aware of legislation. NPSNJ is not suggesting that you contact your state representative to voice your opinion one way or the other. However, if you do choose to contact your state representative to show support or opposition to this bill, please do so as a private citizen and not as a representative of NPSNJ. 

Seabeach Amaranth Plants, Extremely Rare Species Found Only in Beach Habitats

DEP News Release:
Surge of Seabeach Amaranth Plants, Extremely Rare Species Found Only in Beach Habitats

seabeach amaranthDEP biologists have documented a nearly doubling of the state's population of a rare beach plant, demonstrating the resilience of nature. The biologists' annual census counted 1,053 seabeach amaranth plants, an increase of 91 percent compared with the 550 plants counted last year.

Read more: click here: Extremely Rare Seabeach Amaranth Plant

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DEP News Release: Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

DEP News Release:
Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

small whorled pagonia Biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Natural Lands Management have confirmed a new occurrence of a globally rare orchid, the small whorled pogonia, within Sussex County's Stokes State Forest.

Consisting of just a single plant found on stony ground in a forested area of Stokes, this is just the third occurrence of this rare orchid known to exist in the state. The other known occurrences are also in Sussex County. 

Read more: click here: Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

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Find out everything there is to know about the native flora of New Jersey, learn from the experts on native plants, get the latest on interesting activities near you, or join one of the many opportunities to participate in the growing national native plant movement — right here in the Garden State.

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, we have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Our members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.

We conduct regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. Our annual meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the native plant movement in New Jersey. We organize nature walks and garden tours, dispense advice on design and maintenance of native gardens and landscapes, and have helped establish native plant gardens around the state.