Chapter Members at Pocahontas State Park 1/8/2022

   Chapter Members at Pocahontas State Park - January 8, 2022

We love Virginia bluebells

We love Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)!

Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) nearly in bloom!

Golden ragwort (Packera aurea) nearly in bloom!

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News & Updates

• Chapter president Matt Brooks will lead our September field trip on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00am at Poor Farm Park in Ashland. View more information and details. 9-17-2022

• Suleka Deevi will discuss invasive species at our Thursday, October 6 meeting at 7:00pm. View more information about the Zoom/in-person meeting. 9-19-2022

• Watch  the February 3, 2022 presentation by Katrina Spears on the exceptional and significant Lee Park Herbarium at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 2-12-2022

• Check out the February 2022 Pocahontas Chapter Newsletter for an article and photos from our January field trip to Pocahontas State Park. 2-1-2022

• The new January 2022 Pocahontas Chapter Newsletter has an article and beautiful photographs of Skunk Cabbage by Richard Moss. 1-10-2022

• Did you miss the December 2, 2021 presentation by Louise Seals of the Richmond Tree Stewards? Watch now on the VNPS Vimeo channel. 1-4-2022

• Did you miss the November 4, 2021 presentation, Equitable Climate Action with Brianne Fisher? Watch now on the VNPS Vimeo channel.

• The Pocahontas chapter of the VNPS serves the central Virginia counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond.

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Hollow Joe-pye-weed is a perennial herb that may grow as tall as 35 dm (about 11.5 feet). Stems are frequently purple and, when young, are covered with a thin, glaucous, layer of wax. Cross sections of stems will reveal the presence of hollow cavities in the central pith region. Leaves are whorled, 3-7 per node;…... Read more
February 1, 2023
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Hollow Joe-pye-weed is a perennial herb that may grow as tall as 35 dm (about 11.5 feet). Stems are frequently purple and, when young, are covered with a thin, glaucous, layer of wax. Cross sections of stems will reveal the presence of hollow cavities in the central pith region. Leaves are whorled, 3-7 per node;…... Read more
February 1, 2023
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By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter Our evergreen Wax Myrtle or Southern Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) is handsome in every season of the year but it particularly sparkles in the winter after the leaves of deciduous trees have fallen leaving a gray and brown landscape. Not only are Wax Myrtles a beautiful native evergreen (large shrub…... Read more
December 17, 2022
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By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter At our recent fall native plant sale a number of shoppers requested shade tolerant perennials that bloom in shady woodland gardens in late summer and fall, long after spring bloomers have faded. The October Plant of the Month, Blue-stemmed Goldenrod, Solidago caesia, fits the bill beautifully and like other…... Read more
October 21, 2022
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By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) enhances any landscape in which it grows. It is one of my favorite mid to late summer native perennials for any number of reasons. The beautiful purplish blue flowers atop tall stems provide a striking vertical accent contrasting with more typical mounded plants and flower…... Read more
August 28, 2022
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By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter Turk’s-cap Lily (Lilium superbum) is one of our most spectacular wildflowers in eastern North America. Its stunning flowers bloom right now in July and August. Native to wet meadows and rich moist cove forests and bogs from New Hampshire south to Georgia and Alabama, it is found in most…... Read more
July 20, 2022
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By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter The Pawpaw, Asimina triloba, is a handsome small tree that is as fascinating as it is curious. Pawpaw is a member of the Custard-Apple Family, the Annonaceae, a large family of tropical and subtropical species. Ranging from Florida and Texas north to New York and Southern Ontario, Pawpaw is…... Read more
May 29, 2022
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By W. John Hayden, Botany Chair Who knew? Cornus florida, the 2018 VNPS Wildflower of the Year and State Tree of Virginia, has a cousin living in the mountains of eastern Mexico! Mexican Dogwoods have been found in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz. They are, manifestly, close relatives of the familiar Flowering…... Read more
March 29, 2022
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