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. 

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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

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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.