The Triad Treasures Natural Diversity!


Organized in January 2004, members come from Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, and other counties. All welcome!

At right: Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on New York iron weed, Vernonia noveboracensis, late summer 2014, by Judy Stierand. (click image for full-screen)

Monthly Meetings

Members receive announcements about Triad Chapter programs. All (members and non-members) are also welcome to join an informal Triad Yahoo! Group for sharing announcements about local and regional native plant events, resources, and photos: triadncwfps.

Please join us first Wednesdays of each month September through May for programs, plant sharing, and plant fun. Explore natural areas with us at any time of year (usually within a day’s drive). For further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Bizarre Natives with Larry Mellichamp

(7 p.m.--welcome to come early and chat)

(Photo by Paula Gross)

Hey, wildflower gardener! Are you bored with your borages, complacent with your colic-root, and tired of your tiarellas? Then take a walk on the wild side with Dr. M and experience some of the extraordinary behavior of some of our most beautiful and interesting Southeastern native plants. Get hit with a pie while you shop, experience a pitcher plant eating a moth, learn why bees buzz, see an ant eat the top off a toadshade seed, marvel at the mop-top hairdo on a twinleaf seed, wade in water up to your @$$ to see a prostrate pitcher plant, and feel the thrill of finding little flies in the throat of a forgiving pipevine flower. Native plants can be weird and wonderful, and you can grow them and watch right in your own backyard.

One of the most delightful speakers on native plants in North Carolina, Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture and was director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Larry is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and has received several teaching awards and written several books, including the recent Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press, 2014) and Bizarre Botanicals (2010 with Paula Gross). He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Simple and Wonderfully Complicated Pollination Stories with Will Stuart

(7 p.m.--welcome to come early to say hello)

(by Lisa Crates)

(aster with fly, Eristalis transversa, by Will Stuart)

Will Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid native plant and bird photographer. Most recently Will worked with Dr. Larry Mellichamp as photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, published by Timber Press.  Will has contributed images to the Ladybird Johnson Native Plant Information Network, the National Audubon Society, and to He has a special interest in macro photography and, as a consequence, many of Wills’ images feature an “up close and personal” view of a blossom, a bud, a bird, or a butterfly. He spends much of his time in the sandhills of the Carolinas documenting the region’s unique flora and fauna. Will is a board member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, and a member of the National Aububon Society and the Carolina Nature Photographers Association.

In the recent years, Will’s interests have expanded to include our native pollinators.  Plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. Some of our native species self-pollinate but many depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or wasp to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That’s why those bees are so busy!  And all our native birds need nesting sites and all depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young. Plants need pollinators.  Pollinators need plants. And birds need both. It is both very simple and wonderfully complicated.

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Chapter Activities

We have an annual member photo sharing meeting in December, where we also share seeds (and sometimes plants). Members often bring plants or other items as door prizes to monthly meetings. We also exchange plants in spring. In prep for our chapter's spring plant exchange, many members also pot up plants for the annual picnic plant sale that is a fundraiser for the scholarships the society provides to students for research and to attend the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July. The opportunity to participate in Cullowhee can be a transformative event for students, where they come into contact with an extraordinary mix of educators, growers, designers, and planners celebrating and promoting our fabulous native flora.

Extra Stuff

Triad Flora Report

Lisa Gould compiles a wonderful monthly Triad Flora report highlighting her native plant observations and those contributed by anyone in the community. It is a tremendously valuable tool for learning about our native (and introduced) flora in the wild, for exploring flowering times (and making a trip to go see something special or new to you!), for providing a record of our plant community through time, and for utilizing the knowledge and observational skills of our members. We will periodically post reports here Link to all the Flora Reports

Photos of Toad Trillium (Trillium cuneatum) and Virginia Heartleaf (Hexastyli virginica) are by Matthew Perry, included with the 31 March Flora Report.

To contribute to the Triad Flora report, send Lisa (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) your observations, including common name, scientific name (if possible), place observed (locale, town, county), date observed, stage (e.g., in bloom, in fruit, leaves only, etc.), and observer's name. Please report only for the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Please include only plants that are in the wild (native or naturalized)—no garden plants. Species with an asterisk (*) are not native to our area but have naturalized here.

Nomenclature is from Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States, Working Draft of November 2012, by Alan S. Weakley, UNC Herbarium, Chapel Hill NC. Available as a free download (a searchable pdf) from:

Invasive species status [marked with an exclamation point and a number] is from the NC Native Plant Society's Invasive Exotic Plants in NC – 2010, which is available at The Society ranks invasive plants by the threat level: Rank 1 [!1] = Severe Threat, Rank 2 [!2] = Significant Threat, Rank 3 [!3] = Lesser Threat, Watch List A [!4] = naturalizing and may become a problem, Watch List B [!5] = known threat in other states but not yet a problem here. This list is a work-in-progress—if you have comments, go to the web link for information on how to provide feedback.

The reports are currently emailed to Triad members and posted on the plant society's members only pages, but more may be available here, as well, before long, so please stay tuned.... To join the Triad listserv, please visit triadncwfps or contact Nancy.

NC Friends of Plant Conservation
To support conservation of the wonderful flora of North Carolina, you can join or donate to NC Friends of Plant Conservation. The NC Plant Conservation Program's staff manages preserves across the state and contributions c/o the NC Friends of Plant Conservation are greatly appreciated for the program's work acquiring and managing these unique and tremendously special communities. To learn more about the program, visit

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Picture Albums

Tater Hill Trip Tater Hill Trip (August 02, 2008)
Green Swamp Green Swamp (May 21, 2005)

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