Welcome to the Arizona Native Plant Society!
The Arizona Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to Arizona's native plants. Its mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona native plants and their habitats.
Desert Wildflower Reports for the southwest, click here.
For a report of wildflowers in Phoenix and northern AZ, click here.
For a report of wildflowers in southern AZ, click here.
The Fall 2012 edition of PLANT PRESS is now available.
Happenings, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Arizona Native Plant Society - June 2013 - August 2013- is now available online.
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Visit Celebrating Wildflowers, a website dedicated to the enjoyment of wildflowers growing in our national forests, specifically viewing areas for Arizona.
based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies.
Workplace Giving to Support AZ Native Plant Society
Does your workplace have an EFAZ campaign? Don’t forget about workplace giving for making contributions to Arizona Native Plant Society through the Environmental Fund for Arizona which supports many of our state’s conservation and environmental organizations. Employees of the federal government, Arizona state government, some counties, city programs, and a growing number of private companies can participate. If you don’t have a workplace giving program, see the EFAZ website to find out how we can help get one started. The EFAZ website lists businesses with campaigns supporting EFAZ organizations, but that list needs to be expanded in communities throughout the state. Feel free to contact Laine Seaton, EFAZ Executive Director with ideas or suggestions! Help us spread the word.
Government employees.... If you work for a government entity or corporation, you can also make contributions through your workplace to support Arizona Native Plant Society as part of the Combined Federal Campaign (AZNPS #38438), and the State Employees Charitable Campaign. Click here to see which groups are already involved.
Southern Arizona Nature Almanac
Floristic almanac: This month-to-month guide to some of the main floristic events in southern Arizona is excerpted or summarized, with permission, from Southern Arizona Nature Almanac, by Roseann Beggy Hanson and Jonathan Hanson (University of Arizona Press, 1996). This charming natural history guide is chock-full of insights, observations, stories, and suggestions for outings into the never-ending wonder of the Sonoran Desert. In Tucson, look for the book at the Audubon Nature Shop, Blue Raven Gallery, Tohono Chul Park, or other booksellers.
MAY AT A GLANCE
• Mesquites (Prosopis spp.), mimosas (Mimosa spp.) and acacias (Acacia spp.) put out their fuzzy tubular or ball-shaped catkins this month and next. Ocotillos (Fouquieria splendens) continue to bloom.
• Nocturnally blooming plants in the cactus family put on quite a show this month into next, including saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea), senitas (C. schotii), organ pipes (Stenocereus thurberi) and queens-of-the-night (Cereus spp.).
• Lesser long-nosed and Mexican long-tongued bats and hawkmoths feast on the nectar and pollen of the night-blooming cactus plants and yuccas.
• Breeding animals include white-winged doves, roadrunners, Gambel's quail, black-throated sparrows, desert horned lizards and desert spiny lizards. Skunks and badgers will begin to bear young this month. Gila monsters eggs (laid 10 months ago) hatch.
• Kissing bugs (Triatoma spp.) become active—their "kiss" or bite can be very irritating to humans, one of the many mammals on which they like to feed.
IN THE SKY.....