News


Florida Loses Two Great Women

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted April 09, 2018

Within the span of just a week, Florida has lost two conservation heroes.  Helen Morrison and Dr. Mary Jelks cared deeply for our natural lands and the wealth of plants and animals that they support and they spent their entire lives working to preserve this rich heritage.  We are all the beneficiaries…

Read Full Story >>

Notice of Annual Members Meeting & Proposed Bylaws Amendment

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted April 02, 2018

The Annual Members meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society will be held at the Annual Conference on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:00 am until 9:15 am.  The conference is being held at the Miccosukee Resort in Miami: 500 S.W. 177th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33194. The Board of Directors is proposing…

Read Full Story >>

Spring flowers in the Appalachians

/assets/userfiles/images/NewsItemImages/purple_wakerobin_trillium_erectum.jpg
Posted April 21, 2018

On May 6th, Indigo Travel Company departs for the Appalachians to catch the spring wildflowers and see what Bartram described as,

What charming colors appear in the various tribes in the regular succession of vernal …flowers, these so nobly bold, those so decidedly languid.  What a glow is kindled in some; what a gloss shines in others; with what a masterly skill is every one of the varying tints disposed.

Come with us to the top of Brasstown Bald, Mt Mitchell and Clingmans Dome.  Visit waterfalls and mountain streams to witness the spring flush of wildflowers.

Space is limited.  The Bartrams saw nature differently than other eighteenth century Americans.  See the Appalachians as you have never seen them before.

Join us May 6-11th for the Rain Forests and Waterfalls of the Appalachians Tour.  Call Devon at 813-478-1183, email indigotravelcompany@gmail.com or check out our website at indigotravelcompany.com

Spread the Word -- FNPS 2018 Conference

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted April 06, 2018

Want to share information about the conference?   You can download a flyer that you can share here.

Big Bend Chapter has new website

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted April 05, 2018

The Big Bend Chapter is proud to announce that is has a website -- it is full of great information about this new chapter and mobile friendly.  Check it out.

Business and Not-for-Profit Members

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted March 27, 2018

Ever wondered who our business and not-for-profit members are?  Find them now on this website at who-we-are->Business and Not-for-Profit Members .   Many of these are native plant nurseries. Some are fantastic gardens and natural areas.  Others provide professional services…

Read Full Story >>

Currently Accepting Applications for Executive Director

/assets/userfiles/images/default_thumbnail.png
Posted April 19, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. 

Click here to view the job description and application instructions.

Latest from the Blog


Purplish-Blue Delights Waving in the Breeze


During a recent six-mile hike in Julington-Durbin-Preserve in S.E. Jacksonville, I stopped suddenly, next to a prescribed burn area, noticing over 100 thin stemmed, six petaled bluish purple flowers swaying in the breeze. 



Gathering my thoughts, the tumblers in my brain lined up to think 
“Bartram’s Ixia”!

Calydorea caelestina in an Endemic, Endangered Iris 
that only grows in 8 counties in Zones 9a and 8b 
in Northeastern Florida.

This Ixia’s habitat includes wet to mesic pine flatwoods that are maintained by prescribed fires. This short-lived perennial blooms in the spring. The flowers open early around sunrise then close within a few hours.


Named after William Bartram who discovered the Ixia during his Florida travels in 1774.



Blog and Photos by Ixia Chapter member Bill Berthet

Recent Blog Posts ...

Going Natural: The Importance of Home Composting for Native Plants
Nature in Broward: The Silent Crisis of Local Rare Species Extinction
Citizens to the Rescue!
Wildflower Wednesday ~ Chapman's Blazing Star
Summer Farewell (Dalea pinnata) - a Titan among nectar plants for N.E. Florida Pollinators in September and October
Join the Pawpaw Chapter of FNPS on an exploration of Longfleaf Pine Sandhill in the Ocala National Forest
Why your Florida garden needs Yucca plants, and how to grow them
Wednesday's Wildflower: Skyblue Lupine