by Connie Oswald Stofko
If you want to find out about plants that grow wild in Western New York, check out the New York Flora Atlas.
This online resource is a work in progress. It provides information about habitat, taxonomy, native/non-native status and more. (A plant that grows in the wild may be an introduced species and not a native plant.) Images are also being added.
There are many ways you can find information. For example, you can search by county, common name or scientific name.
I was surprised when I looked up Asclepias. I expected to find the three kinds of milkweed that I’m familiar with, but the atlas lists 14!
The atlas is a project of the New York Flora Association, an organization dedicated to the promotion of field botany and greater understanding of the plants that grow in the wild in New York State.