Oklahoma’s amazingly diverse flora has long been of interest to state residents. In 1987, individuals from throughout the state founded the Oklahoma Native Plant Society to encourage the study, protection, propagation, appreciation, and use of the state’s native plants. The society’s varied activities (field trips, lectures, workshops, displays, inventories, and roadside plantings) promote an awareness and understanding of some of the state’s most valued treasures.
Botanically, Oklahoma is a remarkable state! Located at the juncture of several physiographic provinces, it is indeed an ecological crossroad. Within its borders are found ~175 families, ~870 genera, and approximately 2,600 species of vascular plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, horsetails, and clubmosses. This flora is a complex assemblage of plants representative of different phytogeographic regions. Species characteristic of the eastern deciduous forest and central grasslands are the most common; however, species from the Rocky Mountains, the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ozark Mountains also occur in the state. Fourteen different vegetation types are traditionally recognized. This tremendous diversity of plant species and communities reflects the considerable variation in the state’s climatic, physiographic, geological, and edaphic features. A plethora of different habitats for plants are present. More information about the flora of our great state can be found at the Flora of Oklahoma Project page.
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ONPS News & Events
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Sept 29 Sun. Monarchs in the Park
Andrews Park in Norman at 479 N Webster Avenue. 10am - 4pm. ONPS will have a booth. Come enjoy this family friendly event!
Oct 8 Tues. Native Plants for Water Conservation. 10am - noon. SW OKC Library 2201 SW 134th St. Free workshop on native plant gardening by Courtney DeKalb-Meyers. Register at www.squeezeeverydrop.com or call (405) 297-1284.
Central Chapter Meetings
1st Thursday of every month. 6:30pm social followed by meeting at 7:00. OSU/OKC Horticulture Bldg, 400 N. Portland, OKC; Room. 196.
The Central Chapter of the ONPS is excited to host a 3 part series on landscaping with natives:
October 3rd Steve Dobbs, director of Landscaping Services for the OSU campus, will profile and describe the ongoing and significant use of native plants on the Stillwater campus.
November 7th, the three part series will conclude with a talk by Connie Scothorn, landscape architect, on ideas and design for landscaping with natives suited for our Oklahoma climate. Connie has just released a book on landscaping with natives.
This promises to be an insightful and informative series that perhaps all of us will glean some useful ideas for our own “personal space”.
The meetings will be held in room 196, Horticulture Building, OSU-OKC campus, 400 N. Portland Ave, OKC. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing, talks will start at 7:00. All ONPS events are open to the public, membership is not required to attend. Plan to bring a friend and join us.
Northeast Chapter Meetings
Sept. 9 and Dec. 2. 6:30pm social followed by meeting at 7:00. Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa.
October Field Trip to Texas
Oct. 25-27 @ Bamberger Ranch Preserve and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Register on Eventbright page, password Selah. Only 40 tickets available, so act soon.
Fabulous Wildflower Fridays
Join the Northeast Chapter for Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, every third Friday of each month at 5:30pm at Panera Bread at 41st Street and Hudson Avenue. Contact Constance Murray for details.