The Mississippi Native Plant Society was founded in 1980. Their mission as stated on their website, is to provide a forum for learning about our state's ecosystems and the plants that exist within them. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and to encourage the conservation and utilization of native plants.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter called Mississippi Native Plants and Environmental Education.
This sweet little iris, the Annual blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium rosulatum, blooms from spring to fall and is found along roadsides throughout the southern states.
Fannye A. Cook (1889-1964) was the first person to collect and catalog Mississippi wildlife. She was one of the first conservationists in the state and took it upon herself to conduct a lifelong wildlife education campaign in Mississippi. In the 30s she boarded at the home of Eudora Welty who found humor in the odd situations that arose during Cook’s stay. Ms. Cook could be found wading through swamps infested with alligators and water moccasins or creating exhibits, preserving specimens and educating the public as Director of the State Wildlife Museum.