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.
JUNE AT A GLANCE
• Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) fruit ripens and splits open.
• Blooming plants include sacred datura (Datura meteloides) and organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
• Plants setting fruit are jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), creosote (Larrea tridentata), palo verde (Cercidium spp.), mesquite (Prosopis spp.), catclaw acacia (Acacia greggii), fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla) and samota (Coursetia glandulosa).
• Lesser nighthawks trill in the evenings and early mornings.
• Around ponds and lakes (in Pima County these occur mostly in golf courses or wastewater treatment plants), mallards (Mexican ducks) are caring for their chicks; these are the only common ducks to nest in our area.
• Gopher snakes and common kingsnake (found in most habitats) lay eggs. Western diamondback rattlesnakes (up to coniferous forests) and tiger rattlesnakes (up into grassland foothills) bear live young.
• Large numbers of cicadas, or "cactus dodgers," emerge from underground burrows to mate; it's the males we hear buzzing so loudly, trying to attract mates.
• Cicada-killer wasps, which are large and colored orange and yellow, capture and paralyze cicadas to feed to their developing larvae.
IN THE SKY.....