NY State Protected Native Plant List

Protected Native Plant List

Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Policy- March, 2004

Plants named on the New York State list, “Protected Native Plants” cannot be exhibited in competitive classes, except in Special Exhibits Division as an Educational Exhibit. Such plants must have been acquired in a lawful manner, and may be cut specimens and/or container plants.

Commercially developed hybrids or cultivars (not natural varieties) of plants on the NY list are permitted in competitive classes, but only when the distinguishing feature is evident (April, 1992).

Species Common Name
Arisaema dracontium Greendragon
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed, Orange Milkweed
Campanula rotundifolia Harebell, Bluebell of Scotland
Celastrus scandens American Bittersweet
Chimaphila maculata,

   C. umbellata

Spotted Wintergreen, Pipsissewa
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood
Drosera rotundifolia Sundew
Epigaea repens Trailing Arbutus, May Flower
Euonymus americanus,

   E. obovata

Strawberry Bush, Bursting Heart, Running Strawberry Bush
Ferns, all native species

(except Hay Scented,

Sensitive and

Bracken) including:




Maidenhair, Spleenwort, Lady, Ostrich, Christmas, Cinnamon, Interrupted, Royal, Rock, Common Polypody
Gentiana, all native species Gentian
Ilex, all native species


   I. glabra

   I. opaca
I. verticillata

Inkberry, American Holly, Winterberry, Black Alder
Kalmia, all native species Laurel
Lilium, all native species Canada Lilly, Wood Lilly, Turk’s Cap Lilly
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lycopodium complanatum,

   L. stichense

Clubmoss, Princess Pine
Malus glaucesens American Crab Apple
Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebell
Myrica pennsylvanica Bayberry
Opuntia humifusa Eastern Prickly-pear Cactus
Orchidaceae, all native


Ladyslipper, Pogonia, Twayblade, Ladies’ Tresses, Rattlesnake, Plantain Orchids
Orontium aquaticum Golden-club
Panax quinquefolius Ginseng, Sang

R. lapponicum

   R. canadense

   R. maximum,

   R. periclymenoides,

   R. prinophyllum,

   R. viscosum

Rhodora, Rosebay, Pinskster Azalea, Great Laurel, Swamp Azalea, Clammy Azalea
Sabatia, all native species Marsh-pink, Swamp-pink
Sanguinaria canadensis Blood-root
Sarrasenia purpurea Pitcher-plant
Silene caroliniana Marsh-pink, Wild Pink
Trillium, all native species Trillium
Viola pedata Bird’s-foot Violet