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Nebraska Native Plant Society: Home

Photo of Nebraska tall grass prairie courtesy of Flickr CC/Toyota TogetherGreen.

According to their website the mission of the Nebraska Native Plant Society is to promote the appreciation and conservation of Nebraska’s native flora and to foster education and research on Nebraska’s native plants. Your dues help to provide grants to native plant research and conservation.



Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum began in 1978 by plant enthusiasts at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. There are now over 90 affiliated arboretums in 52 communities. The Statewide Arboretum has been involved in many beautification projects throughout the state all done in the spirit of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Nebraska.

Society Newsletter

The Society does not publish a newsletter but information on meetings and events are kept up to date on their website.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum provides many annual publications to its members. They also have a blog, Beneficial Landscapes.

A Native Orchid of Nebraska

The Western prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera praeclara
Photo by J. Challey.

The Western prairie fringed orchid, Platanthera praeclara can be found on the prairie in central Nebraska. Like all native species it has its own niche in the ecosystem and its own specialized way that it relates to its environment.

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The Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa pine or Yellow pine, Pinus ponderosa in Nebraska

The Ponderosa pine or Yellow pine, Pinus ponderosa was given its name by the botanist David Douglas. Impressed with its size and stature, he chose ponderosa as its name because in Latin it means “of great weight and significance.” Please see the NYBG catalog for its list of resources on the Pinus ponderosa.