Colorado Native Plant Society
is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge,
appreciation and conservation of native plants and
habitats of Colorado through education,
stewardship and advocacy

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                     Colorado Native Plant Society News


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Plant Family Comparison Spreadsheet by Peggy Lyon

Peggy Lyon has created a spreadsheet that compares the family names for Western Colorado genera. The spreadsheet includes all the genera in Weber & Wittmann’s Colorado Flora: Western Slope (3rd ed. or 4th ed.) with the family names used in Weber & Wittmann (both 3rd ed. & 4th ed.), Ackerfield, Bonap, and APG III.  Thanks for the great tool, Peggy! (Note from CoNPS: If you distribute Peggy's spreadsheet to others, please cite Peggy Lyons as the author). Click on this link to Plant Family Comparison Spreadsheet.


Ackerfield, Jennifer.  2015. Flora of Colorado. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press.

BONAP's North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).2015.

Seinet.  2015.

Weber, William A. and Ronald C. Wittman.  2006. Colorado Flora Western Slope 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Weber, William A. and Ronald C. Wittman.  2006. Colorado Flora Western Slope 4th ed. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.'s

2015 Colorado Native Plant Society Annual Conference
and Colorado Rare Plant Symposium were held at the
American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado
on September 11-13, 2015

  Click here to go to the Annual Conference Speaker's Presentations

Click here to go to Rick Brune instructions for SEINet

Check out the photo galleries of the events here:

Rare Plant Symposium
Friday Night Social
Annual Conference

 CoNPS 2015 Summer Field Trips Has Been Completed. The 2016 Field Trips will be posted in the Winter of 2015 or Beginning of 2016. Keep Checking Back.

CoNPS 2015 Workshop Season Off The Ground

Check out the Workshop Page for the first three workshops:

Incorporating Colorado Native Plants into Your Landscape
Introduction to the Parsley Family

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IMPORTANT: Do not forget to shop at and select Colorado Native Plant Society to support. It is identical to but CoNPS get a small percentage of all sales.

Now visitors and members can register and pay for membership on-line at our Join - Donate page, accessed by the button in the upper right hand corner of this home page.  Here you can join the society, fill out survey forms and make donations if you wish.  Payments are made to your credit card through PayPal.

Second, our bookstore is up and running and fully stocked with all the wonderful books about Colorado Flora.  You can access our bookstore through the menu at the bottom of this home page at Bookstore.  By the way; we did a little survey of book prices and found that 80% the books in our bookstore were less expensive than those on

But we love Amazon.  In our bookstore you can sign up for AmazonSmile, designate CoNPS as a favored charity and a small piece of Amazon's profits will be donated to us for everything you buy.  Use the blue button on the main menu of our bookstore, or go direct to AmazonSmile.

And for you native plant gardeners, visit our Native Plant Gardening page for great tips about how to get those native plant critters to grow and thrive in our hot, dry environment.  You will find it under Resources on our main menu above.

Upcoming Events – Click Here for Complete List

Below are the 2015 CoNPSPhoto Contest Winners
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Populus tremuloides in the San Juan Mountains
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Asclepias speciosa and Bee
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Fern Unfurling

Penstemon grahamii