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.
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 and lichens) plants.
So the phrase "Utah native plants" includes Utah wildflowers, but also much more.
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).
Please do not cultivate this plant, nor its close exotic relatives, in Utah:
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)
Calochortus nuttallii Utah's state flower and the inspiration for the UNPS logo and newsletter. Learn more.
Garrett's firechalice, Epilobium canum var. garrettii, blooms from early July to late October on rocky outcrops, ledges and slopes
from 4,800 ft. to over 10,000 ft. (Synonyms include E. canum subsp. garrettii, Zauschneria latifolia var. garrettii, and Z. garrettii; other common names include Wild fuchsia and Hummingbird trumpet/flower.)
Its showy red, irregular, hummingbird visited flowers are atypical in the genus Epilobium. Plants at the roughly 5,000 foot level can be found in bloom from July to October; this long blooming period is one of many reasons for its great appeal in residential landscapes.
(Floral tube, i.e. hypanthium, 1.5 to 3.4 cm long, petals 8-17 mm long, somewhat flaring, notched.)
A member of the Onagraceae (Evening Primrose) family, Garrett's firechalice has a principal distribution in north-central Utah along the Wasatch Front although it also occurs as far south in Utah as Zion National Park and adjoining western Kane Co. and has disjunct
occurrences such as at very high elevations in the Abajos (San Juan Co.), in Iron Co., in the Strawberry drainage where it barely enters the Uinta Basin, etc. It is less frequent to rare in the three other states where it occurs (southeastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and in
Rare Plant Meeting
will be held on March 5, 2024 in Swaner Forum of the Natural History Museum of Utah.