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:
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:
Topics include: Assessing the Nation’s Native Seed Supply, Invasive Species Control using Goats.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Youtube Series:
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:
Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy video of a recent presentation.

Social Media/Citizen Science
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:
Also tracks hummingbird and monarch migrations each year.

Facebook Groups

Missouri Native Plant Society:
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:

Grow Native!:

Native Plant Conservation Campaign:

Instagram Hashtags: #missourinativeplants #grownative #moprairie

Plant ID and Selection

Native Plant Finder from the National Wildlife Federation:
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:
From the Missouri Prairie Foundation Choose your criteria and the plant picker will suggest plants.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database:
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:
You may have seen range maps from BONAP on native plant nursery sites but the site has multiple resources.

Wildflower Search:
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:
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:
Photographs and descriptions of the vascular plants of Missouri, USA

Missouri Native Plant Society Annual Awards

Award nominations due July 1st

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 June 1. 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


Dates and general locations for the 2020 field trips are finalized below and we’d love to see you there! Bring your family and friends. Please note that the specific field sites for each trip will definitely change and narrow as planning progresses. The field sites shown below are those that were suggested as possibilities during the 2019 winter board meeting and are presented here to whet your appetite for types of sites in the regions.

Field trips generally consist of a Friday afternoon excursion, a full-day field trip on Saturday to one or more locales, and a Sunday morning field trip. Attendees are welcome to join the expedition for all three days, or to just come for the portion/s that fit your schedule. An invited speaker will provide a presentation during one evening (usually Friday) and we will hold a board meeting one evening as well.

For detailed logistics about each trip, keep an eye on upcoming issues of the Petal Pusher, the MONPS Website and our Facebook page.

Schedule of upcoming Field Trips & Meetings

!! CANCELED !! Spring – May 1-3 – Bolivar, MO – Bona Glade, Corry Flatrocks, Rocky Barrens, 25 Mile Prairie

!! CANCELED !! Summer – June 12-14 – Kansas City (joint w/Kansas Native Plant Society) – Snowball Hill, Fishkill Prairie, Jerry Smith Prairie, Anderson Prairie (KS)

!! CANCELED !! Fall – Sept 25-27 – Alley Spring, Blue Springs, Pine Woodlands – Speaker: Neal Humke

Winter – MDC Office, Columbia

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.