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News | January 27, 2015

Local NPSOT Chapters Partner With Nurseries

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Two local chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) are working with local retail nurseries to educate the public about native plants and recommend ones that are beautiful, useful and easy to grow.

In the NICE program (Natives Instead of Common Exotics), the non-profit group works with local retail nurseries to educate the public about native plants and recommend ones that are beautiful, useful and easy to grow.

NPSOT have announced the 12 native Texas plants they recommend for 2015 for Guadalupe and Comal counties:

  • Anacacho Orchid (Bauhinia lunarioides)
  • Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
  • Black Dalea (Dalea frutescens)
  • Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)
  • Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergi)
  • Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
  • Lindheimer’s Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
  • Texas White Honeysuckle (Lonicera albiflora)
  • Texas Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana)
  • Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima)
  • Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis)
  • Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Six nurseries currently participate, including South Texas Growers here in Bulverde. The NPSOT chapters provide free color posters, plant care handouts and signage to their partner nurseries. NICE volunteers give presentations to gardening, homeowner and civic groups to encourage the use and sales of these native plants.

The Native Plant Society of Texas is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting native plant research, preservation and use through local chapters around the state.


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