Wonderful Wednesday Webinars

The NPSNJ is presenting a series of online monthly talks, usually on the second or third Wednesday of the month at 7PM by ZOOM. The talks are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Remember to join early. Registration but does not guarantee entry into the webinar if maximum capacity has been reached.

Next in our series will be next year - 2021: Please note - date change - one week later:

"Winter Botany"
Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 7PM
by Joe Alvarez
More information later.
Happy Holidays to All


Carolyn Summers' webinar recording is on our All About Natives Page page along with the other webinar recordings.

New on the Web

Foam Flower

We've added two lists to our   Plant Lists Page

Native Groundcovers for sun and shade with herbaecous plants, grasses and sedges by Susan Haake.

Native plants for Deep Shade that were discussed in the webinar by Hubert Ling.


Lyre-leaf sage

We've added a bunch of videos and webinar recordings on our  All About Natives Page

JUST ADDED: Jesse Connor's (our Southeast Chapter co-leader) and the Galloway Township EC has produced an informative video on invasives plants. Twelve Tenacious Invasives - Invasive Plants.

Becky Laboy's Webinar Recordings on "Wildlife Friendly Native Shrubs and Trees for Your Backyard " and "Don't Treat your Soil Like Dirt! "

Jesse Connors presents 4 videos on Home Native Landscaping with groundcovers, viburnums, self-seeders and others in her beautiful wooded garden.

The Native Plant Channel presents Native Woodland Flowers with a plant list.

From H&M Ling are 5 short clips of Visitors to our Garden - pollinators enjoying our native plants.

We are in the process of re-branding our "Photo Gallery" to Plant Profiles & Photos to reflect that we have started including reference materials with our beautiful and identifying photos.

We recently added 3 more profiles:

Dwarf Ginseng

Dwarf Ginseng: Panax trifolius

We took a whole bunch or photos. When we got home and looked at the individual flowers we found that they were not all the same. We actually found 3 kinds, bisexual, and male or female on separate plants. After some reading, we found that the plants actually change sex from year to year. Read More . They are in our Spring Blooming Plants collection.

Gray Dogwood Silky Dogwood

The distinctive side views of these two flower clusters help distinguish between the two dogwoods.

Read more
Gray Dogwood
Silky Dogwood

These are in our Summer Blooming Plants collection.


Spring beauty, yellow variant

Spring beauties are out in full bloom now, in the thousands.
But what a thrill to come across this rare find - Yellow Spring Beauty -
- Claytonia virginica forma lutea -
This was found by Tom Armstrong in Readington Township, 4/13/2020. Thank you for sharing.

Read more about them:  Read More

This was just added our spring collection  Spring Photo Gallery.

Think - Bright - Cheerful -Warm

Lilium canadense - Canada Lily Lilium philadelphicum var. philadelphicum - Wood Lily

Look beyond the virus to Summer. Last July we came across these two splendid lilies in one trip up to Sussex County. The left is Lilium canadense - Canada Lily and the right is Lilium philadelphicum var. philadelphicum - Wood Lily. They are both uncommon and the wood lily is rare in NJ.

Read more about them in:  Canada Lily Wood Lily

They bloom in summer and were just added our summer collection  Summer Photo Gallery.

New for the photo gallery

Indian Cucumber Medeola virginiana

Time to plan your walks for the spring. Go beyond the spring beauties and rue anemonies. Later in spring be on the look out for less common plants like the whorled Virginia starflower in bloom.

Whorled Virginia Starflower*:
Medeola virginiana

* New name to protect this increasingly rare plant.

Read more about them:  Read More

It blooms in spring and was just added our spring collection  Spring Photo Gallery.


The "New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Plant Protection Act," was re-introduced in 2020 as NJ Bill # A985, (2019 as NJ BILL 5201). It has many plant protective points but also some very controversial parts.

This bill would prohibit certain actions relative to endangered and threatened plant species, and would direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to establish programs for protection of endangered and threatened plant species.

Many listed plants are commercially available since they are not globally rare. Consequently, the following section is controversial:

The bill would prohibit without a permit the transport, export, and import of endangered/threatened plants and the selling or the offering to sell a listed plant species.

To become more informed: NJ Threathened & Endangered Plant Bill

"No-See-Ums" Plants

Southern twadeblade Listera australis

Southern Twadeblade: Listera australis

If it weren't for the pair of little green leaves near the bottom you wouldn't have known they were there. 

It was ranked S2 (Imperiled in state usually 6 to 20 occurrences) in the 2010 list of NJ endangered and threathened plants. However, in the 2016 list, it is no longer listed. Presumably folks with "eagle eyes" found more populations.

Read more about them:  Read More

They bloom spring and was just added our spring collection  Spring Photo Gallery.

Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

This is a scholarly article documenting the regional changes to forest understories since the mid-twentieth century by Jay F. Kelly Ph.D., Raritan Valley Community College

He looks at changes in species and size of woody plants and the impact of deer on them. Other factors are studied also, however, deer is the overwhelming factor. He compares old data, current data and data from deer exclosures.

From the abstract: "Because deer strongly reduce tree recruitment, shift species composition, and reduce understory cover across large spatial scales, they represent a significant concern for forest managers and an issue that should be effectively addressed."

Average deer population in NJ in 1998 was 38 deer per sq. mi. Update: in 2019, the average count was 120-140 deer per sq. mi. in many areas*. When deer population is higher than 10 deer per sq. mi. then deer impact becomes evident. The highest regional densities of 75 per sq. mi. occurred in northern-central New Jersey

We see the deer impact where ever the land is not covered with buildings, asphalt or grass!

* Ryck Suydam, president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, April 2019

Please read: Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

Read more articles on NJ Native plants: All About Natives  

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Find out everything there is to know about the native flora of New Jersey, learn from the experts on native plants, get the latest on interesting activities near you, or join one of the many opportunities to participate in the growing national native plant movement — right here in the Garden State.

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 hundreds of 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.

We conduct regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. Our annual meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the native plant movement in New Jersey. We organize nature walks and garden tours, dispense advice on design and maintenance of native gardens and landscapes, and have helped establish native plant gardens around the state.