NPSNM logoThe Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife. We have approximately 800 members in 7 chapters located throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

You can read about NPSNM’s history here.

We welcome you to explore our website and learn more about New Mexico’s native plants and the organization that celebrates and conserves them. Please join us!



New Mexico has 12 native thistle species that are innocuous, but often become collateral damage in the war against non-native noxious weeds. This colorful and informative NPSNM publication is a free PDF file (15 MB) that will help you distinguish native from non-native thistles in New Mexico and adjacent regions. Access the Thistle PDF here.

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