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.

A serious threat however to our native ecosystems is a growing list of plants that do not belong in our natural landscapes. Along the Wasatch Front, one of the most significant of these threats is from the unfortunate and widespread introduction of Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle Spurge aka Donkey Tail Spurge and as Blue Spurge). We all must now take responsibility for trying to remove this terribly invasive plant (see video link below - proper precautions are required).

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 and lichens) plants.

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

Sego Lily 2018 Spring Issue

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 2018 Sego Lily newsletter was published on May 8, 2018

The last UNPS annual meeting of members was held on Nov. 18, 2017 and a new board of directors elected. The new board met on Nov. 30 to elect officers and established committee chairs for 2018. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees (education, conservation, publications, rare plants, grants, field trips, invasive species, horticulture, more) please contact us!

UNPS officially turned 39 on December 19, 2017. Our first organizational meeting was held at the University of Utah in September of 1978 and our articles of incorporation originally signed on December 11, 1978. UNPS is a qualifed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Coming up in 2018:
Upcoming weed pulls in Salt Lake County: Urban Habitat
April 15, 2018 grant-in-aid deadline
April 19 and 21, 2018 Cache Chapter Native Plant Propagation Workshops
April 22, 2018 Earth Day
April 28, 2018 Utah Valley Chapter Purge Your Spurge
May 2, 2018 UNPS SL Chapter meeting
May 18, 2018 Endangered Species Day
May 19, 2018 1st Annual Logan Weed Day
March 5, 2019 UNPS annual Utah rare plant meeting at NHMU

Quick membership renewal

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

In memoriam

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

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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