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Rhode Island Native Plant Societies: Home

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, Inc., is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats. By setting an example they hope to save the world by starting in Rhode Island. Join them on monthly Botanizing walks and attend their annual Native Plant Symposium.

Society Newsletter

WildfloraRI is published three times a year and available to members and the public online. They also publish a monthly e-newsletter as well.

Cultivation Notes is a monthly flyer dedicated to information about a specific plant.

A Native of Rhode Island

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Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, is a native ornamental plant with a large range from the east coast to Texas.This plant has many medicinal uses and according to WebMD it contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.

Recommended Reading

Historical Notes

William W. Bailey, 1843-1914, became interested in botany while a student of Dr. Asa Gray at Harvard. He became the first botany professor at Brown University in 1877. He authored several books on New England wildflowers such as New England Wildflowers and their Seasons and Among Rhode Island Wildflowers. He was a strong believer in sharing his knowledge, his joy, and his interest and excitement in botanical forays with everyone. His books are a pleasure to read. Many of his books are available at the New York Botanical Garden's Mertz Library.