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.




Native plants are plants naturally found in nature. These natural plants have adapted to an amazing array of habitats and microclimates, achieving a balance with other living things and forming the foundation for all life.

Included in the definition of native plants are both vascular (wildflowers such as the Sego Lily or a sunflower, but also ferns, underappreciated native grasses such as Indian ricegrass, and trees like Fremont Cottonwood or Blue Spruce, for example) and non-vascular (critically important groups like mosses, lichens, and fungi) plants.

So the phrase "Utah native plants" includes Utah wildflowers, but also much more.



Sego Lily 2016 Spring Issue

Monarch on ground 7/30/16 Tony Frates

Monarch on Asclepias speciosa 7/16/09 Tony Frates

Monarch on Marsh Aster 9/9/2010 Tony Frates





Sego Lily 5/30/09 Tony Frates
Calochortus nuttallii
Utah's state flower and the inspiration for the UNPS logo and newsletter. Learn more.


Spring 2016 Sego Lily available (published 6/27/16)

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)


Endangered Species Day was Friday May 20, 2016

Native Plant Conservation Campaign publications:
Why Protect Plants?
Save Plants, Save Ourselves


Next Grant-in-aid submission deadline:: April 15, 2017
Program details (submission period opens January 1, 2017)





In memoriam


J. Larry England (1947-2016)
(see page 4 in newsletter link above)




Learn about the Endangered Species Act, what it actually says and why it is so important. ESA listings are good, flexible conservation tools. They should not be feared.


Quick membership renewal






Proceedings of the Fifth Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plant Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2009 (PDF, 12 megs) (published 12/27/12)



Please do not cultivate this plant, nor its close exotic relatives, in Utah: Myrtle spurge Euphorbia myrsinites invasive species 4/16/11 Tony Frates
Myrtle or Donkey-tail spurge, Euphorbia myrsinites
More information
Euphorbia rigida should also NOT be planted in Washington County nor elsewhere in Utah
In depth article (see pp. 8-11)










 




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