Showing posts from May, 2024

Why Become An FNPS Member?

Join A Community of Native Plant Nerds! Join your local chapter to learn about Florida native plants and ecosystems in monthly meetings, and get hands-on experience with local field trips, hikes, plant sales, plant rescues, and more.  We have 33 chapters across the state - find one closest to you: Help Florida’s ecosystems by volunteering for local and statewide science and conservation projects organized through FNPS. Learn about Plants, Ecology and Conservation! Enjoy our quarterly magazine, the Palmetto, filled with in-depth articles on native plants, gardening, conservation of native habitats, and rare native plants. Our bi-monthly newsletter, the Sabal minor, will help you stay up to date on FNPS news and activities. Watch our Friday Lunch and Learn livestreams on Florida native plant topics. Our Social Media provides a constant stream of education about native plants and ecology. Learn about local conservation and policy issues and take col

Florida Native Plant Society Position on Monarchs and Milkweeds

This policy statement was prepared by the Florida Native Plant Society's Science Committee and is endorsed by the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Florida Association of Native Nurseries. The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) supports the conservation of native plants and native plant communities. FNPS makes decisions and policy recommendations on the best available scientific information. Recommendations may change with time and circumstances as new information becomes available. Native insects, including pollinators, are critical components of native ecosystems. It is widely recognized that insect populations are in decline. The monarch butterfly ( Danaus plexippus ) is a charismatic insect, whose unique migration attracts much attention. Recently, a controversy regarding monarch butterflies and milkweeds in Florida has raised concerns. Claims that native milkweeds planted in yards and gardens or even those growing in natural areas are damaging to monarch populations are n

๐ŸŒฟ Endangered Scrub Mints: Unveiling Florida's Hidden Treasures ๐ŸŒฟ

Photo of Blushing Scrub Balm / Dicerandra modesta by Valerie Anderson. Meet the scrub mints, some of Florida's most endangered plants. With over half of the 24 known species facing threats of endangerment at state or federal levels, these botanical wonders are struggling to survive amidst climate change, rapid human development, and agricultural expansion. In a groundbreaking study with funding assistance from FNPS, researcher Andre Naranjo and colleagues analysis of a distinct DNA marker suggests that some species, like the Titusville balm, may have been overlooked for federal protection due to taxonomic technicalities. Scrutinizing the evolutionary history of scrub mints, Naranjo and his team unveil a story of resilience amidst tumultuous environmental changes. Originating during the Pliocene era, these plants moved into the southern Florida peninsula as the land emerged from the sea. Yet, their existence is now imperiled by modern threats including development, climate change, a