Rare Plants

Rare species in Connecticut are classified by the state, in order of increasing rarity, as species of special concern (SC), threatened (T), or endangered (E). (Definitions of these terms.) A complete list of Connecticut's rare plants is available from the Department of Environmental Protection.

You can help. Protection of rare plants depends on accurate information about where they grow. If you know of a wild population of one of the state-listed plants, report it to the state's Natural Diversity Database, which keeps track of rare plant locations. In addition, consider joining the Plant Conservation Volunteers, a group that monitors and protects rare plants in New England.

We also stress the importance of simply going out and searching new sites, and of identifying unfamiliar plants. If we all keep our eyes open, we will discover more.

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