Any member of VNPS may nominate a species for consideration.
All nominations become candidates for selection. The VNPS Board of Directors votes on the candidates, and the species receiving the largest number of votes is selected.
- Must be a plant native to Virginia
- Must not be an invasive, a pest, or an obnoxious weed
- Should stimulate interest in membership and among the public because of its attractive, showy, colorful, or unique flower or other attributes
- Must be interesting because of habitat, historical role, abundance or rarity, ecological niche, or other feature
- May be either common or rare in Virginia
- Need not be of horticultural interest, but this could be a “plus”
- Selected plant ideally should tie in with VNPS emphasis on habitat (e.g., marshlands, rock outcroppings, disturbed areas).
- The VNPS Botany Chair oversees the selection process and prepares the text for the brochure.