Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora


Species in Ecosystem: More than 90 species of fascinating plants, known as Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (ACPF), can be found in southwest Nova Scotia. Eleven of these are listed nationally as Species at Risk, including water-pennywort, pink coreopsis, plymouth gentian, and buttonbush.

Range: Although the range of most of these plants extends as far as Florida, in Nova Scotia we have a small isolated population of these species. In all of Canada, some of these plants are only found in Nova Scotia.

Habitat: Calling lakeshores, wetlands, and bogs home, these southern belles grow where competition from other plants is minimal. Living right under our noses, many of these plants are not well-known; not because we don’t frequent their homes, but rather because they are so small and few in number that they are not immediately obvious.

Threats: The major threat to these rare plants is shoreline development, which causes their habitats to be destroyed or fragmented.

Additional Information: These plants tend to flower in late summer and early fall. Some of them, like water-pennywort, may not flower every year depending on lake levels.

Get Involved!

Shoreline Surveys

Photo: D. Smith

What is it?
Shoreline surveys involve examining the number of species and number of each species of plants in specific areas. By taking simple and useful measurements along the shoreline, volunteers can help monitor shoreline change. 

Why are we doing it?
Imagine a life filled with flooding, high winds, and ice scour – these are not easy conditions to live with, yet the very survival of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (ACPF) depends on these elements of nature. How can we help ensure these plants on the edge continue to experience life in southwest Nova Scotia? It’s easy! This program will provide the information necessary to make sound management decisions regarding their protection.

Making a difference 
Volunteers have been directly involved in piloting various shoreline monitoring techniques, including substrate and slope measurements.  They have also assisted with stem counts and species surveys.  Many of these pilot programs in Keji have been based around the success of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust monitoring program that engages volunteers in the southern part of Nova Scotia. 

Don’t miss it this year!
Volunteers can directly contribute to shoreline surveys this year throughout the summer and early fall. Contact us to get involved!


Shoreline Photo Shoot

Photo: J. McKinnon

What is it?
By photographing parts of the shoreline several times a year, over time, volunteers will help document the changes in the environment experienced by these plants. Volunteers simply walk or canoe to specific sites and photograph the shoreline.

Why are we doing it?
Documenting the changes in the shoreline, can help make management decisions in the future. Over the long-term, this data will provide insight into the changing shorelines and the impact it has on the distribution of the ACPF.

Don't miss it this year!
The shoreline photo shoot will be ongoing throughout the year. Contact us to get involved!

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