The Utah Native Plant Society is dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, conservation and responsible use of the native plant and plant communities found in the state of Utah and the Intermountain West.
Our goal is to foster public recognition of the spectacularly diverse flora of the state--a natural treasure to be valued, respected and protected.
In 2008, we celebrated our 30th year. See the Special 30th Anniversary Issue of the Sego Lily newsletter.
Digital only version
(may be easier to read on some computer screens)
Utah's state flower and the inspiration for the UNPS logo and newsletter. Learn more.
What to do on Earth Day?
(1) Attend Utah March for Science
(3pm, April 22, 2017, City Creek Park)
(2) Remove any Myrtle spurge from your yard, and
educate your neighbors.
Winter 2017 Sego Lily available (published 2/5/17)
Next Endangered Species Day: May 19, 2017
Learn about the Endangered Species Act, what it actually says and why it is so important. ESA listings are good, flexible conservation tools.
UNPS annual meeting of members was held on Nov. 5, 2016 in Provo
As of June 1, 2016, the state of Utah considers Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) and Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) to be noxious weeds and their retail sale or propagation in the nursery and greenhouse industry is prohibited. Please bring the updated provisions of the Utah Noxious Weed Act to the attention of any retailer who may be providing prohibited plant materials to Utah residents, and please contact your county weed agent if the activity does not stop.
Calochortiana #3 published 5/25/16
Press release relating to Calochortiana #3 (5/25/16)
Proceedings of the Fifth Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2009 (PDF, 12 megs) (published 12/27/12)
Native Plant Conservation Campaign publications:
Why Protect Plants?
Save Plants, Save Ourselves
J. Larry England (1947-2016)
(see page 4 in newsletter link above)
Ann Kelsey (1948-2013) Student Fund for Botanical Research
For background, see article on page 4 in the Winter 2016 Sego Lily.
Please do not cultivate this plant, nor its close exotic relatives, in Utah:
Myrtle or Donkey-tail spurge, Euphorbia myrsinites
Euphorbia rigida should also NOT be planted in Washington County nor elsewhere in Utah
In depth article (see pp. 8-11)