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The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a non-profit organization founded in 1985.

We have over 1,400 members 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.

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The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a non-profit organization founded in 1985.

We have over 1,400 members 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.

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Donation Form Temporarily Offline

We have had a massive hacking attempt in which a criminal ran 16,000 credit card numbers on our site. We contacted the software vendor whose plug in was used to do this and have taken our donation form offline for a week or two as we rebuild the donation system from scratch to prevent abuse in the future.

2024 NPSNJ Bioblitz

April is national Native Plant Month! Join NPSNJ for our statewide Bioblitz on iNaturalist.org, a free, worldwide, educational Internet tool allowing anybody to report plant and animal species and allowing scientists to use the resulting data. The objective is to report as many native species as possible and to get as many people involved as possible (everybody is a naturalist!). Anybody can participate (members, non-members, family, friends, friends of friends, etc.). Non-native plants can be reported as well since in many cases we don’t know if it is native or not until the identification has been ascertained. Read more here.

Advocacy Alert: Check Your Town’s Tree Removal and Replacement Ordinance

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a requirement for New Jersey towns to adopt ordinances for tree removal by May 1 and replacement in order to comply with stormwater permits. However, there are concerns that these ordinances may limit tree species diversity and include non-native or invasive species, which goes against ecological best practices. It’s recommended to review local ordinances for the diversity and appropriateness of tree species and to advocate for amendments if necessary. Read more here.

2024 NPSNJ Grants

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey welcomes new project proposals for two types of grants as well as for a student video fellowship. All applicants must be residents of New Jersey and, except for student video fellowship applicants, must be members of the Society. Non-profit organizations may join as non-profit members or apply through a member sponsor. find out more and apply here

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2024 Native Plants of the Year

Backyard Perennial of the Year (2024)

Backyard Perennial of the Year (2024)

Great Blue Lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica, Great Blue Lobelia, is the blue brother of remarkably red cardinal flower, L. cardinalis. They are both part of the very garden-worthy bellflower family, Campanulaceae. In the wild, where it is thrilling to come upon, Great Blue Lobelia is most often seen in part sun to part shade, near streams, sloughs, and other wetlands, telling you that in the garden it prefers moist soil. Where content, it attains a height of two to three feet and colonizes through self-seeding. In most gardens, it persists for years. The summer flowers of Great Blue Lobelia are various shades of violet-blue, lipped, lobed, and arranged on a long stalk. They are an important food source for several native bees, bumblebees, and hummingbirds. Photo by Mary Free, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

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Rare Plant of the Year (2024)

Rare Plant of the Year (2024)

Pink Lady’s Slipper
Cypripedium acaule

Seeing Pink Lady’s Slipper on a walk in the woods, sometime in May, a plant lover’s endorphins really kick-in. The pink and tan flower has an unusual moccasin shape and dangles from a stem that rises from a pair of veined basal leaves. It has a unique design feature for pollination by bumblebees, which requires them to follow a one-way path through the flower, forcing insects to take a pre-determined route past its reproductive parts, sort like the way Ikea makes you travel past all their sales displays before you get to the exit. Cypripedium acaule is not common but can readily be seen at various places in New Jersey, such as near Ramapo Lake in Bergen County and at Cheesequake Park near the center of the state.

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Some Great Plants from Hubert and Millie Ling’s Awesome Native Plants Site

Pink corydalis

Pink corydalis

Pink corydalis
Corydalis sempervirens

Blooming soon – mainly northern Jersey

These delicate pink flowers finds its home in rocky areas and summits. Its a biennial and so it must successfully reseed to survive. The flower has an unique shape. It is related to dutchman’s breeches with inner and outer petals but with only one spur. Click here to learn more.
Also See our Spring Plant photos & profiles

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Wild Calla

Wild Calla

Wild Calla
Calla palustris

Blooming soon – mainly northern Jersey

These striking flowers of wild calla are S3 (Vulnerable) in NJ. Wild calla is part of the Arum family of plants with the unusual flowers of spathes and spadices. Like skunk cabbage they are both bog plants but populations of wild calla are more restricted in distribution to the north east and north central USA. Read more: Wild Calla

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RARE in the WILD – WILD in CULTIVATION

RARE in the WILD – WILD in CULTIVATION

Purple Phacelia
Phacelia bipinnatifida

Blooming Now

Purple phacelia’s is S1 (Critically Imperiled) in New Jersey but G5(Globally secure) This plant grows well in the garden. It is a biennial but we have found it reseeds itself very well. We once tried to do some restoration for its mostlikly one remaining population but failed to get much support. It probably does not get much attention since it is G5. In other words, look elsewhere for many of our natives. Click here to learn more about purple phacelia.

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Blooming Now

Blooming Now

Greek valerian/Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium reptans var reptans

These delightful pale blue flowers are blooming in our garden and their delicate leaves will persist through the summer. Polemonium reptans var reptans is S1 (Critically Imperiled) in NJ. However it grows well in the garden. It provides plenty of nectar to its pollinators with a large nectary ring at the base of the ovary. Read more: Greek valerian/Jacob’s Ladder See our ‘Gardener News’ article
Also See our Spring Plant photos & profiles

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