2021 Stan Hudson Research Grant Awardees

The Stan Hudson Research Grant Committee is excited to announce two 2021 awardees. The grant honors the late H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a long-time member of the Missouri Native Plant Society whose passion for the flora of Missouri and its conservation inspired his friends and family to create a grant program in his memory.

Abigail Giering, an undergraduate at Missouri State University, received a $500 grant to study competition effects of an exotic duckweed (Landoltia punctata) on native duckweeds (Lemna minor and Spirodela polyrhiza)
Esther Par, an undergraduate student at Missouri Western State University, will use her $1500 grant to help fund a study of relationships in False Foxgloves (Agalinis spp.)

Missouri Native Plant Society Annual Awards

Award nominations due May 15th

The MONPS Awards Committee seeks nominations of people who have supported the preservation of Missouri’s flora. MONPS offers five awards:

  • Erna Eisendrath Memorial Education Award, recognizing individuals who, through teaching, writing, or other activity have conveyed to others a significant appreciation and knowledge of Missouri’s native flora.
  • Arthur Christ Research Award, recognizing an individual’s significant contribution in furthering the knowledge of Missouri flora.
  • Plant Stewardship Award, recognizing an individual or organization for the preservation of important elements of Missouri’s flora through purchase, registry, and/or management practice.
  • The John E. Wylie Award, recognizing individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Society.
  • Plant Conservation Award, recognizing an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to the conservation or preservation of native plants or plant communities in Missouri. This award differs from the Plant Stewardship Award in that it is not tied to direct acquisition or management of tracts of land, but instead may recognize various types of outstanding achievements or efforts, such as conservation planning, advocacy, or new ways of looking at old problems.
  • Julian A. Steyermark Award, the Society’s highest award, given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to any and all aspects of Missouri botany.

The deadline for nominations is May 15th. Nominations should contain the full name of the nominee and the name of the person making the nomination, and they should set forth the contributions of the individual or organization that merits recognition. Award recipients need not be members of MONPS.

Please submit nominations to Awards Committee Chairwoman, Michelle Bowe.

Michelle Bowe
Department of Biology
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Staying in Touch with Nature During the Corona Virus Epidemic

We thank the Hawthorn MONPS Chapter for providing these suggestions.

Videos and Podcasts

Deep Roots KC Virtual Series: https://deeprootskc.org/stayhomekc
Live events are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm and video recordings are available. Topics include: Help your pollinators reproduce, Finding Stress Relief in the Garden, Starting Native Gardens from Scratch.

Natural Areas Association Webinar Series: https://www.naturalareas.org/webinars.php
Topics include: Assessing the Nation’s Native Seed Supply, Invasive Species Control using Goats.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRTOCg02RJINQ8w5LiQREQ
Topics include: How to Create a Native Container Garden with Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Carol Davit TED Talk “Why Prairie Matters—New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape.”

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://themeadowproject.com/hometown-habitat
Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy video of a recent presentation.

Social Media/Citizen Science

iNaturalist.org: https://www.inaturalist.org
Install the app on your smart phone and you can upload your plant observations and help others identify theirs on the go. “Missions” displays a list of plants you are likely to see based on your location.

Track leaf-out on Journey North: https://journeynorth.org
Also tracks hummingbird and monarch migrations each year.

Facebook Groups

Missouri Native Plant Society: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MONPS
Helpful experts who will help you ID plants if you upload a photo. The discussion is limited to natives, not general gardening questions.

Missouri Prairie Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/MOPrairie

Grow Native!: https://www.facebook.com/grownativemidwest

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/plantsocieties

Instagram Hashtags:
https://www.instagram.com #missourinativeplants #grownative #moprairie

Plant ID and Selection

Native Plant Finder from the National Wildlife Federation: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants
As simple as entering your zip code, the Native Plant Finder displays lists of flowers and grasses, and trees and shrubs ranked by the number of butterfly and moth species that use them as host plants for their caterpillars.

Grow Native! Plant Picker: https://grownative.org/native-plant-info/plant-picker
From the Missouri Prairie Foundation Choose your criteria and the plant picker will suggest plants.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database: https://www.wildflower.org/plants
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at the University of Texas at Austin. The Native Plant Database is useful for locations across the country.

Biota of North America Project BONAP: https://bonap.org
You may have seen range maps from BONAP on native plant nursery sites but the site has multiple resources.

Wildflower Search: https://www.wildflowersearch.org
This website helps those of us with limited knowledge of botany to identify plants that are found outside of gardens. This help is provided by presenting you with small images of plants. You can use many search techniques to get to the images that are most likely the plant you are looking for. When you click on a plant image the program shows you links to plant descriptions and more plant images. This site has many ways of searching for a plant. A crowd-sourced site that includes detailed information about when and where the plant was seen. Not strictly natives.

USGS Land Cover Viewer: https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/science-analytics-and-synthesis/gap/science/introduction-land-cover-viewer?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
This ArcGIS tool may seem intimidating at first, but you can use the map to view the types of land cover at or near your home, and make an educated guess about what plants would have been there historically by examining nearby “green areas” on the map that may not be as developed as your residential neighborhood.

Missouri Plants Database: http://missouriplants.com
Photographs and descriptions of the vascular plants of Missouri, USA

Rabbit Tobacco

My neighbor’s husband has covid and was weathering it out at home but very very sick. One day she asked me if she could borrow some of my rabbit tobacco to make a tea for her hubby. I gladly gave her a bundle. A week later she told me the tea had really helped him.
Yesterday when I was driving back from a family thing in IA my throat was burning and I was sure i was going to need antibiotics. But I made a tea out of the leaves and flowers and also burned a batch and inhaled the smoke. Today I am so much better I cant hardly believe it!

I am so thankful I learned how to find and identify Rabbit Tobacco on my MONPS field trips.

Casey Burks

Osage Plains Chapter

Missouri Native Plant Society is a member of the Grow Native! program


The Missouri Native Plant Society is a proud member of the Grow Native! program! This program is operated by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization and provides resources to help gardeners, farm owners, land care professionals, and planners use native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes in the lower Midwest for multiple benefits. Grow Native! also administers the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), a multi-organizational and multi-agency group with the goal of bringing greater statewide attention on early detection and control of invasive plants.