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    Asclepius tuberosa (photo: G. Gardner)

Rhode Island and New England Plants

New England Wild Flower Society

GoBotany New England Wildflower Society
Most authoritative source for identifying, sharing, exploring, and discovering New England’s plants. For beginners and experts. Includes over 3,500 native and naturalized plants of New England.

URI Outreach

Find the right native plant for your landscape.
RI Native Plant Guide. University of Rhode Island Outreach Center and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.
Database of 400 Rhode Island native plants selected for their ornamental value, potential for use in landscape/garden projects (including restorations) and ease of propagation. Searchable on a variety of attributes e.g. plant type, size, growing conditions, edible value for humans, attractive to birds.

Among Wildflowers

Rhode Island Ferns, Rhode Island OrchidsRhode Island Violets and Rhode Island Horsetails, Club-mosses, Fir-mosses, Spike-mosses and Quillworts. Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers
Resources created by naturalists and amateur botanists who have who have walked many miles observing and recording the varieties of these plants in Rhode Island. Both Ferns and Orchids include the counties where these plants are located.

Rhode Island Natural History Survey

Check lists for Vascular Plants of Rhode Island. Rhode Island Natural History Survey
Based on Lisa L. Gould, Richard W. Enser, Richard E. Champlin, and Irene H. Stuckey, 1998, Vascular Flora of Rhode Island: A List of Native and Naturalized Plants, Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

Info on Rare Species in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Natural History Survey
Includes list of RI Rare Plants, the  organizations reviewing and gathering data on rare plants.

Natural Communities of Rhode Island (NCRI). Enser, R.W. and J.A. Lundgren. 2006.

Rhode Island Ecological Communities Classification (RIECC). Enser, R.W. 2011. 

Botphoto by Ariel Tal
A new online interactive key to 186 species of northeastern composite plant species (Asteraceae).  Covers nearly all of the species likely to be encounter in New England, New York and adjacent states.  Many detailed plant photos and links to an illustrated glossary make this dichotomous key user friendly.  An illustrated tutorial of the morphology of plants in the composite family.

Pollinator Plants, Northeast Plant List.  Xerxes Society
Facts sheets. Includes a reference chart with images, listing plants by scientific name, flower color, height, water needs and notes.

For additional online resource especially pertinent to propagating and growing native plants see our page Plant Guides – for pollinators, birds and more

  • Haines, Arthur. Flora Novae Angliae: A Manual for the Identification of Native and Naturalized Vascular Plants of New England, Yale University Press, 2011.
  • Gould, Lisa L., Enser, Richard W., Champlin, Richard E., and Stuckey, Irene H. Vascular Flora of Rhode Island: A List of Native and Naturalized Plants, Rhode Island Natural History Survey, 1998.
  • Enser, R., D. Gregg, C. Sparks, P. August, P. Jordan, J. Coit, C. Raithel, B. Tefft, B. Payton, C. Brown, C. LaBash, S. Comings, and K. Ruddock. 2011. Rhode Island Ecological Communities Classification. Technical Report. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI.
    (PDF from Rhode Island Natural History Survey)