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.    

  • A New Web Server

    Six months after we built a new web site, we are also moving to a new web server (, which is faster, more secure, and more robust. The Native Plant Society of New Jersey has experienced exponential growth during the last half decade and this is a key step toward planning for more growth. You may experience some glitches before things settle down, but we will get them taken care of.

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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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Events List

Upcoming Events

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

NEW Plant Profile & Photo Page

Gentiana andrewsii – Bottle Gentian

Fall is the time to look for gentians. This one hides its reproductive structures from its pollinators but yet it gets pollinated. Learn more about this unusual plant and how to distinguish it from its look-alike G. clausa.

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See our Autumn – Winter Plant Profiles & Photos

NEW: Summer Native Plant Safari to the Mountains of NC including the Great Smokys

It is always exciting to see native plants wherever we go. Many are common to NJ. In NC, we saw friendly faces and new faces and some in abundance.
A major portion of the Great Smokys is in NC. In the Smokys we even did a driving tour to see summer flowers. We also visited other sites in NC. Consider the mountains of NC for your vacations.

See our Slide Show of the area

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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