Out there now


The fields are ablazed with the massive bloom of Bidens coronata.
Photo 9/7/2018 Bridgewater.

And it was a summer for fungi.  We spotted many large mushrooms on people's lawns. Below left - stink horn.

stink horn mushroom

NPSNJ Native Plant of the Year 2018:
Viola sororia
(Common Blue Violet)

NPSNJ Native Plant of the Year 2018: Viola sororia (Common Blue Violet)

The diminutive flowers of this lovely wildflower can be found everywhere in New Jersey, and well beyond. Common names include Dooryard Violet, Wooley Blue Violet, Hooded Violet, and Common Meadow Violet. A low-growing (4-8" tall) perennial, it is extremely adaptable . . . . . Read more 

The flowers, seeds, and leaves of Common Blue Violet have great wildlife value. Although the plants themselves are generally highly deer resistant, the seed capsules are readily eaten by Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura), Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) . . . . . Read more

NPSNJ Planting Day at
Krajci Preserve
August 25 10am-2pm

Volunteer Planting & Trail Work Day
August 25 10am-2pm
Krajci Preserve
Holland Township, Alfalfa Hill Road

We will be planting an assortment of perennials including penstemon hirsutus, lobelia cardinalis and clethra alnifolia.

sweet pepperbushsweet pepperbushcardinal flower

To volunteer, email us at  hunterdon@npsnj.org

Water and Chocolate Chip Cookies with be supplied.

Come join other members of the NJ Native Plant Society and do something truly valuable this weekend: Plant the perennials generously donated to us by Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and Hubert Ling. We are also going to tweak the trails that we started. Come for a few hours or stay all day.

Please bring tools such as trowels, pruners, shovels, hoes, loppers, rakes, pruning saws, gloves and knee pads.

Directions. From Rt. 519, north of Milford, turn right onto Church Road. Church Rd. to Amsterdam Rd. on the right, Amsterdam Rd. to Alfalfa Hill Rd. Look for Mailbox 101 on the left.

GPS: 101 Alfalfa Hill Road, Milford, NJ  

Read about all that was done last time.


New in the Photo Gallery:
2 Native Orchids

According to the USDA distribution maps these beautiful orchids are native throughout most of NJ, however, we have a hard time finding them. They both bloom in the summer and we came across them in the pinebarens.

  White Fringed Orchid   Yellow Fringeless Orchid
White Fringed Orchid Yellow Fringeless Orchid

See them in our summer photo gallery:
summer photo gallery, white fringed orchid, yellow fringeless orchid.

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.