Plant of the Month Nov 2018: Highland Blueberry

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium x. marianum, a hybrid of V. fuscatum and V. formosum), are versatile native shrubs or small trees which provide four seasons of interest in eastern Virginia. They can grow 10 feet or more in height, often with several trunks. Young branches are light green with a zigzag pattern which is more obvious in winter after leaf fall.

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Big Update to the Flora of Virginia App

The first major upgrade since the App was released a year ago at the Tri-State Native Plant Conference is now available. Here’s the changes:

  • Updated rare plants, habitat and status fields.

  • Updated all range maps.

  • Changed definitions for fern's "pinnate-pinnatifid" and "twice pinnatifid" in Graphic Key.

  • Updated illustration for Dichanthelium yadkinense.

  • Removed Agalinis paupercula var. paupercula.

  • Added terms to Glossary.

  • Added "Also see" in before suggested to see for a family or a genus.

  • Added "Taxa Not Treated" section to References.

  • Updated dichotomous keys.

  • Fixed typos and known errors.

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articleKyle Langford

American Beauty-berry is a favorite native with it shiny bright berries in the fall that provide good food for warblers and other migrating songbirds. Photo by Betsy Washington.

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will host its annual native plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 8 at Wicomico Parish Church (Episcopal) on Rte 200 in Wicomico Church.

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articleJudy Lang
Plant of the Month April 2018

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia  virginica) is one of the most beautiful of the native spring ephemerals that has been introduced into our area.  Although it does not grow naturally in the Northern Neck, it is found throughout much of the rest of Virginia, including the Middle Peninsula.

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