There are more than 500 species on Tennessee's rare plant list!

The red dots in this map represent all of the known locations of Tennessee's rare plants, including the 21 federally endangered or threatened plants. Unfortunately, we only have a handful of botanists

and ecologists officially managing these species.

If we want to prevent the local extinction of our rare plants, it'll require a collaborative effort from many different partners including public agencies, botanical gardens, nurseries, nonprofits, universities, and anyone else interested in rare plant conservation. 

What we need is an alliance!

Our Mission

The mission of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance is to promote and coordinate the cooperative conservation of our rare plant species and natural communities to ensure no local extinctions. 

Our Vision

Our vision for the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance is to serve as a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting and conserving Tennessee’s abundant botanical diversity. We initiate and coordinate cooperative conservation activities with the intent to halt or reverse declines in rare plant species, restore natural communities, and reduce plant blindness via education and outreach.  We improve the effectiveness of native plant conservation in Tennessee and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of native plants and natural communities. 


Swamp Dogwood, Cornus obliqua