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Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Read about our Annual Meeting September 27–29 in Front Royal

Read about our Annual Meeting September 27–29 in Front Royal

Read about our Annual Meeting September 27–29 in Front Royal

Shanandoah River State Park by Karen Hendershot

Shanandoah River State Park by Karen Hendershot

Shanandoah River State Park by Karen Hendershot

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Check out upcoming Spring Native Plant Sales!

Check out upcoming Spring Native Plant Sales!

Check out upcoming Spring Native Plant Sales!

Downy Rattlensnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Downy Rattlensnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Downy Rattlensnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens)

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax

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2019 Wildflower of the Year: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

2019 Wildflower of the Year: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

2019 Wildflower of the Year: New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

Photo by Betty Truax

Photo by Betty Truax

Photo by Betty Truax

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

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News & Updates

Don't miss all the news and information in the Spring, 2019 Sempervirens newsletter. new

VNPS Member Catherine Ledec was named the Fairfax County 2018 Citizen of the Year.

Check out all the upcoming Spring Native Plant Sales across Virginia.

View an updated list of Regional Native Plant Nurseries.

Keep VNPS in your giving plans

VNPS supports conservation of biologic “hot spots”, protects shrinking natural environments across the state and raises awareness and appreciation for our native plants.

This year our fundraiser supports updates to the Flora of Virginia, which will be available in the Flora App as soon as completed. You can be assured that your donations to VNPS go right to the heart of what we are about. Donate Now!

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One Chapter’s Call to Action

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | November 16, 2014

As far back as last summer, the Potowmack chapter had decided to do something different at its Annual Meeting. Board members would still have to be elected, of course, and a budget passed. After that part of the meeting, the chapter had always in the past offered a field trip or walk, but this year,… [Read More]

Escape to Poor Mountain

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | November 9, 2014

Just 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Salem, VA, is Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve, part of the Division of Natural Heritage system that protects special plants, animals, and ecosystems throughout Virginia. Although Poor Mountain is named for its predominantly infertile, acidic soils, it makes a rich destination for the botanically minded. Next time you… [Read More]

Smile – It’s A Smilax!

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | November 5, 2014

The genus Smilax is bound to catch your attention one way or another – your eye catches a distinctive green leaf; your nose detects a whiff of something slightly ‘off;’  your skin or clothes catch on sharp prickles as you walk down the trail. Those prickly Simlax  have common names that include the words Greenbrier or… [Read More]

Coastal Barnyard Grass

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | November 4, 2014

Fall is a great time of year for grass ID! Echinochloa walteri, member of the Poaceae family, is an annual herb that can reach six feet. According to the the Flora of Virginia it is frequent to common in the estuarine and maritime zones of the Virginia’s Coastal Plain. The flowers are only a few… [Read More]

VNPS Annual Meeting Field Trip to False Cape

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 17, 2014

For the first time, two all-day field trips were added to the rooster of choices for the VNPS Annual Meeting in order to allow more time for travel into places not readily accessible. A trip to Cypress Bridge involved boats. A trip to False Cape State Park today required a drive by tram through a… [Read More]

Botanical Excitement in Lexington’s Backyard

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 14, 2014

Well, not in Lexington, but they might as well be. A series of unexpected rock outcrops barely on the Rockbridge side of the line provides a case study in plant disjunction and unexpected botanical discovery. * * disjunct – separated geographically, especially the population of a restricted area lying outside a main range These bedrock… [Read More]

Giant Natural Gas Pipelines Proposed for Virginia

By VNPS Communications | September 25, 2014

On September 2nd, Dominion Resources, along with its partners Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, announced its intention to move ahead and build a major 42 inch pipeline that will stretch 550 miles across three states. It will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and end in eastern North Carolina. Approximately 450 miles… [Read More]

A Tale of Shale: Virginia’s New Violet

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 21, 2014

The Virginia shale country has offered up yet another major botanical surprise. In a corner of the state already renowned for its botanical oddities, the winding path leading to this discovery illustrates the value of field work, curiosity, and research in its most literal sense. In 1936, while exploring shale barrens and woodlands in Douthat… [Read More]

In the Field With Tom Wieboldt: Botetourt County

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 14, 2014

VNPS members from several different chapters converged upon Botetourt County on August 2nd to explore three different plant communities under the guidance of Tom Wieboldt. Tom is well known as curator of Massey Herbarium, vice-president of Virginia Botanical Associates and contributor to the Flora of Virginia (to list just a few of his accomplishments). His… [Read More]

Imperiled Plants and Missing Pieces

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | August 24, 2014

Plants that on are imperiled lists today may become missing pieces tomorrow unless action is taken. Do we know which ones are imperiled? Will it make a difference if rare plants disappear? The Virginia Native Plant Society thinks it does, and has taken steps to help conserve some of the wildflowers in our state that… [Read More]