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Small Whorled Pogonia | New England Wild Flower Society

The small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides), is often cited as "the rarest orchid east of the Mississippi." This orchid is critically imperiled in 14 (78%) of the 18 states and provinces in its native range. Nowhere is it considered secure or common (Vitt 1997). A widely distributed species with approximately 201 element occurrences [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:01:02+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Neches River rose mallow | Mercer Botanic Gardens

The Neches River rose mallow (Hibiscus dasycalyx) is a federally listed threatened native hibiscus that now only exists in three watersheds in east Texas (USFWS 2010). This hibiscus has delicate slender leaves and creamy white flowers with dark burgundy eyes. Educational display specimens of Hibiscus dasycalyx and associated interpretive panels are on display for the public [...]

By | 2018-04-10T16:58:42+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Island Barberry | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Island barberry is a shrub about 2-3 meters tall, it produces new shoots from short underground runners. Thus, mature plants often have multiple trunks, which form colonies up to 3 meters wide. Although once known from three California Channel Islands, island barberry survives today at only a handful of known localities on Santa [...]

By | 2018-04-02T18:30:02+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Autumn Buttercup | The Arboretum at Flagstaff

Autumn buttercup (Ranunculus aestivalis) is endemic to Garfield County, Utah and is one of the state's rarest and most restricted plants. It was presumed extinct until its rediscovery in 1982, when a population of about 450 plants was found. Since then, that population has declined sharply in numbers and vigor and a second [...]

By | 2018-03-30T18:21:01+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Pinkshell Azalea | The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea) is a deciduous, upright narrow shrub that can grow to 5 meters in height with appealing erect branches. Scentless, pinkish white flowers begin blooming in April and are thought to attract hummingbirds. This peculiar endemic of the Blue Ridge was found in 1878 in western North Carolina. The first [...]

By | 2018-03-28T20:26:55+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Seabeach Amaranth | North Carolina Botanical Garden

Amaranthus pumilus (Seabeach Amaranth) plays an important role in dune formation acting as a "sand binder", with a single large plant capable of creating a mini-dune up to 6 decimeters in height that contains up to 2 to 3 cubic meters of sand (USFWS 1993). It's an annual herb with reddish-colored, prostrate stems and [...]

By | 2018-03-13T16:53:55+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Golden Indian Paintbrush | University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Golden Indian Paintbrush The bright, warm colored bracts that enclose Castilleja levisecta (Golden indian paintbrush) flowers capture the attention of pollinators and hikers alike. Populations of this species are rare and the fields glow radiantly when it blooms from April until June. Many populations have been destroyed by the conversion of its native [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:17:29+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Mehamehame | National Tropical Botanical Garden

Flueggea neowawraea, also known as Mehamehame, is the only native species in the genus present in the Hawaiian Islands. It is assessed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Less than 50 individuals remain in the wild and there are no signs of recruitment. It is a hardwood tree used [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:17:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Baker’s Larkspur | University of California Botanical Garden

Baker's larkspur (Delphinium bakeri) remains as a single small population along a roadside in Marin County, California, not far from the Pacific coast. This perennial herb grows erect to 45 cm tall and features blue flowers in the spring. It was formerly more common in the coastal area, as far north as Sonoma [...]

By | 2018-02-26T19:45:33+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Blowout Penstemon | Lauritzen Gardens

The Blowout Penstemon (Penstemon haydenii) is one of the rarest and most endangered plant species in the United States. It is currently known from 10 naturally-occurring populations in the Nebraska Sandhills and from three populations on sand dunes in the Ferris Dunes of south-central Wyoming. Approximately 22 artificially-planted populations persist in the Nebraska Sandhills [...]

By | 2018-02-23T05:36:40+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments