Frequently Asked Questions

Question Topics

Our Questions & Answers have been grouped according to the following topics.

KNPS Organization

What does KNPS do?

Read About Us to learn our history, our mission, and things we do.

How do I become a member of KNPS?

Learn all about becoming a Member and the benefits you will receive.

Does KNPS have volunteers who can do presentations or lead wildflower walks?

Yes, you can request one of our Education Volunteers to help you.

Does KNPS offer wildflower walks & other plant walks?

Yes, see the Events Calendar for more information.

Does KNPS have local chapters?

KNPS does not have official chapters but we do have Membership Regions.

Does KNPS provide funding for native plant projects

See Non-profit Funding for more information on our funding of native plant projects.

Does KNPS provide funding for student scholarships?

See our Scholarship for information on our funding of graduate student's research on plants.

Plant Basics

What is a native plant?

Definition of Native Plants explains that native plants are those that originated in a given geographic area without human involvement.

What are all the plants that are found in Kansas?

The State Search of the USDA Plants Database lists all native and naturalized plants in any state. To get a list of plants in a specific county, use the Advanced Search.

What was the historical vegetative cover of Kansas and what is it today?

The Ecoregions of Kansas list the various types of vegetation both historical and today. Maps are included.

Are there any plants that are endemic only to Kansas?

See Kansas Endemic Plants for a list of plants that are native only to Kansas.

What are some of the benefits of native plants?

See the many Benefits of native plants in the natural world and in our gardens.

Where can I find educational materials for teaching about plants?

See our Resources, and go to the education section.

Plant Identification

Where can I find online information on plant identification?

See our Resources, and go to the identification section.

What books are recommended for identifying plants.

Our Recommended Books lists various guides to plant identification.

Can I attend a KNPS wildflower walk to learn how to identify plants?

Yes. We recommend you use our Events Calendar to find a walk near you.

State Plants

What is the state tree of Kansas?

It is the Cottonwood.

What is the state flower of Kansas?

It is the Sunflower.

What is the state grass of Kansas?

It is Little Bluestem.

Gardening/Landscaping

What online resources provide information on landscaping with native plants.

See Resources, and go to the landscaping section.

What books provide information on landscaping with native plants.

Our Recommended Books list landscaping and gardening books.

Where can I find commercial sources of native plant seeds or plants?

Our Plant & Seed Sources list businesses that sell native plants and seeds.

Can I dig up wildflowers & other plants from roadsides?

It is not recommended. See Roadside Plants for information on the legality & ethics of digging up wildflowers and other plants.

Restoration/Management

Where can I find online information on restoration and management of native plant communities such as prairies, wetlands, and woodlands?

See our Resources for information on planting, burning, and brush control.

What books provide information on restoration and management natural communities such as prairies, wetlands and woodlands?

Our Recommended Books list restoration and management books.