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 over a thousand 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.

Our mission is to promote the appreciation, protection and study of New Jersey’s Native Flora.    

  • Doug Tallamy asks for our help on Drew Forest

    NPSNJ stands with The Friends of the Drew Forest https://www.friendsofthedrewforest.com/ and Doug Tallamy to preserve the 53-acre Drew Forest from development. It is 2023 and long past time for the development of … Read more

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  • Native Plants Healthy Planet Podcast with NPSNJ President Dr. Randi Eckel

    Dr. Randi Eckel spoke on the Native Plants Healthy Planet Podcast with hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick in a broadcast recorded live, hosted by the Hudson County Chapter at The Nature’s Park Café in James Braddock Park, Jersey City. Dr. Eckel spoke about her journey through ecology, the role of the Native Plant Society in New Jersey in our state and even outlined some of her favorite native plants. You can listen to this podcast at Podbean, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

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  • The Fall 2022 Native Plant Society of New Jersey E-News

    We are delighted to announce that the Fall 2022 issue of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey E-News is available.

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Woods in Winter

Aplectrum hyemale – Puttyroot Orchid

Here is another orchid that has leaves in the winter and early spring that senesce by spring. Keep your eyes open for these green leaves with distinctive whitish parallel veins. They belong to the rare orchid:  Aplectrum hyemale. Be sure to revisit the location in May to see the flowers.  Learn more

Start thinking spring: See our Spring Plant Profiles & Photos

NEW – Plant Profile & Photo Page

Woods in Winter

Tipularia discolor – Cranefly Orchid

As you enjoy the cool winter and early spring air, keep yours eyes open for these greenish leaves with a distinctive maroon underside. They belong to the very uncommon Tipularia discolor. Make note of the location and revisit in early August to see the flowers. Read more: Click here 

Also see our Winter Scenes

Last Flowers: Almost Gone for the Season

Hamamelis virginiana – American Witch Hazel

What does a plant that flowers so late in the season do about seeds when most plants already have produced their seeds before the cold weather? Did you know witch hazel flower get pollinated in the fall but fertilization does not happen till next spring! Read: Click here 

See also: ‘Gardener News’ on Witch hazel

Also see our Winter Plant Profiles & Photos

NEW – Plant Profile & Photo Page

Gentiana saponaria – Soapwort Gentian

We were very excited to see these uncommon / rare plants out in the open woods. When the flowers are not open as in this photo it is difficult to distinguish G. saponaria from the other NJ gentians: G. andrewsii, G. clausa. Read more.

Also see our Winter Plant Profiles & Photos

Now is the time to take a break and go out to enjoy the autumn colors. See our collection of plants with beautiful Autumn Colors

2022 Native Plant of the Year
Category: Backyard Perennial

Downy Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea
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2022 Native Plant of the Year
Category: Rare and Special

Bog Asphodel, Narthecium americanum
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