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NCBG - Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden

In the Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden, visitors experience approximately 500 species, cultivars, and varieties of plants classified as herbs and learn the historical uses of plants. Nestled within the garden is a re-creation of a wooden cottage known as "The Herb House."

Last Update: 2016-08-29

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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Acer floridanum Southern Sugar Maple 50–80 ft. detail
Achillea filipendulina Fern-leaf Yarrow Perennial Forb/herb detail
Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow Perennial Forb/herb detail
Aconitum carmichaelii Azure Monkshood detail
Acorus calamus European Sweetflag Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 1/2 ft. detail
Actaea racemosa Early Black-cohosh Perennial Forb/herb 3-8 ft. detail
Adiantum capillus-veneris Southern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Adiantum pedatum Northern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Aesculus sylvatica Painted Buckeye Perennial Tree, Shrub 3-16 ft. detail
Agarista populifolia Florida-hobblebush Perennial Shrub 6-15 feet detail
Agastache foeniculum Blue Giant Hyssop Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony Perennial Forb/herb detail
Alcea rosea Hollyhock Biennial, Perennial Forb/herb detail
Allium cepa Garden Onion Perennial Forb/herb detail
Allium cernuum Nodding Onion Perennial Forb/herb 12-15 in. detail
Allium sativum Cultivated Garlic Perennial Forb/herb detail
Allium schoenoprasum Chives Perennial Forb/herb detail
Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives Perennial Forb/herb detail
Allium ×proliferum Onion Perennial Forb/herb detail
Aloysia citrodora Lemon Verbena detail
Althaea officinalis Marsh-mallow Perennial Forb/herb detail
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 15-25 ft. detail
Amelanchier canadensis Eastern Serviceberry Perennial Tree, Shrub to 20 ft. detail
Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Anchusa officinalis Alkanet Biennial, Perennial Forb/herb detail
Anemone pulsatilla Pasque-flower detail
Apios americana Common Groundnut Perennial Vine, Forb/herb to 12 ft. detail
Apocynum cannabinum Hemp Dogbane Perennial Forb/herb 1-4.5 ft. detail
Aquilegia canadensis Eastern Columbine Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Aralia spinosa Devil’s Walkingstick Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-15 ft. detail
Arctium lappa Great Burdock Biennial Forb/herb detail
Arisaema triphyllum Jack-in-the-pulpit Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Armoracia rusticana Horseradish Perennial Forb/herb detail
Artemisia abrotanum Lad’s Love Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Artemisia ludoviciana Prairie Sage Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Artemisia vulgaris Common Mugwort Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-6 ft. detail
Asarum canadense Wild Ginger Perennial Forb/herb 2–8 in. detail
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
Asclepias lanceolata Few-flower Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Athyrium asplenioides Southern Lady Fern 2-3 ft. detail
Baptisia australis Tall Blue Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Boehmeria nivea Ramie Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Calycanthus floridus Sweet-shrub Perennial Shrub 4-6 ft. detail
Camellia sinensis Tea Plant Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Catharanthus roseus Cayenne Jasmine Annual, Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 3-4 ft. detail
Centella asiatica Centella Perennial Forb/herb, Subshrub 1-6 ft. long detail
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush Perennial Tree, Shrub 4-8 ft. detail
Chamaemelum nobile Garden Chamomile Perennial Forb/herb detail
Chasmanthium latifolium River Oats Perennial Graminoid 2-4 ft. detail
Chelone glabra White Turtlehead Perennial Forb/herb 2-5 ft. detail
Chionanthus virginicus Fringe-tree Perennial Tree, Shrub to 25 ft. detail
Chrysogonum virginianum Green-and-gold Perennial Forb/herb 2-10 in. detail
Clematis terniflora Sweet Autumn Clematis Perennial Vine detail
Clinopodium georgianum Georgia Calamint Perennial Shrub 1-2 ft. detail
Colchicum autumnale Autumn Crocus Perennial Forb/herb detail
Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Conradina verticillata Cumberland False Rosemary Perennial Shrub detail
Convallaria majalis European Lily-of-the-Valley Perennial Forb/herb detail
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-36 ft. detail
Crataegus spathulata Littlehip Hawthorn Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Ctenium aromaticum Toothache Grass Perennial Graminoid 3-4 ft. detail
Cyclamen hederifolium Hardy Cyclamen detail
Cymbopogon citratus Lemon Grass Perennial Graminoid detail
Cynara cardunculus Cardoon Perennial Forb/herb detail
Cyrilla parvifolia Littleleaf Titi Perennial Tree, Shrub 6 ft. detail
Dianthus gratianopolitanus Cheddar Pink detail
Dianthus plumarius Cottage Pink Perennial Forb/herb detail
Digitalis lanata Grecian Foxglove Perennial Forb/herb detail
Dioscorea villosa Wild Yam Perennial Vine, Forb/herb to 23 ft. long detail
Dipsacus fullonum Common Teasel Biennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-6 1/2 ft. detail
Dysphania ambrosioides Epazote Annual, Perennial Forb/herb, Subshrub 1-4 1/2 ft. detail
Echinacea purpurea Eastern Purple Coneflower Perennial Forb/herb 1.5-4 ft. detail
Elymus hystrix Eastern Bottlebrush Grass Perennial Graminoid 2-3 ft. detail
Erythronium americanum Dogtooth Violet Perennial Forb/herb 4-10 in. detail
Eucalyptus cinerea Silver-dollar Eucalyptus Perennial Tree detail
Euonymus americanus Heart’s-a-bustin’ Perennial Forb/herb, Subshrub 4-6 ft. detail
Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
Ficus carica Garden Fig Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Filipendula ulmaria Queen-of-the-Meadow Perennial Forb/herb detail
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel Biennial, Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
Forsythia suspensa Weeping Forsythia Perennial Shrub detail
Fragaria vesca Woodland Strawberry Perennial Forb/herb detail
Fragaria virginiana Virginia Strawberry Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 in. detail
Frangula caroliniana Carolina Buckthorn Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-15 feet (30 feet) detail
Galanthus nivalis Snowdrop Perennial Forb/herb detail
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff Perennial Forb/herb detail
Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina Jessamine Perennial Vine, Shrub Climbs 8-10 feet or more detail
Geranium maculatum Wild Geranium Perennial Forb/herb 8-24 in. detail
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo Perennial Tree detail
Hamamelis virginiana American Witch-hazel Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-20 ft.; width 8-20 ft. detail
Helianthus tuberosus Jerusalem Artichoke Perennial Forb/herb 3-11 ft. detail
Helleborus orientalis Lenten-rose Perennial Forb/herb detail
Helleborus foetidus Stinking Hellebore Perennial Forb/herb detail
Helleborus niger Black Hellebore Perennial Forb/herb detail
Hemerocallis fulva Orange Day-lily Perennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-5 ft. detail
Heuchera americana American Alumroot Perennial Forb/herb 6-10 in. detail
Hexastylis arifolia Little Brown Jug Perennial Forb/herb 2-6 in. detail
Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Humulus lupulus Common Hop Perennial Vine, Forb/herb detail
Hyacinthus orientalis Garden Hyacinth Perennial Forb/herb detail
Hydrangea arborescens Smooth Hydrangea Perennial Shrub 3-5 ft. detail
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea Perennial Shrub 6-8 ft.; width 6-8 ft. detail
Hydrastis canadensis Golden-seal Perennial Forb/herb 10-15 in. detail
Hypericum frondosum Cedar-glade St. John's-wort Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 4 ft. detail
Ilex decidua Deciduous Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 7-20 ft. detail
Ilex opaca American Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 15-30 ft. tall, spread 10-20 ft. detail
Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-20 feet, or more detail
Illicium floridanum Florida Anise Tree Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-10 ft. tall detail
Illicium parviflorum Yellow Anise-tree Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-10 feet detail
Iris cristata Dwarf Crested Iris Perennial Forb/herb 4-6 in. detail
Iris germanica German Iris Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Iris germanica var. florentina Orris-root detail
Iris pseudacorus Paleyellow Iris Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
Iris versicolor Harlequin Blueflag Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Iris virginica Southern Blue Flag Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire Perennial Shrub 3-4 ft.; width 3-4 ft. detail
Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
Kosteletzkya virginica Seashore-mallow Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 5-6 ft. detail
Lamium maculatum Spotted Dead-nettle Perennial Forb/herb detail
Lantana camara Common Lantana Perennial Shrub, Vine detail
Lathyrus latifolius Everlasting Pea Perennial Vine, Forb/herb 3-6 ft. long detail
Laurus nobilis Bay Laurel Perennial Tree detail
Lavandula stoechas French Lavender Perennial Shrub detail
Lavandula ×intermedia Fat Spike Lavandin detail
Leonurus cardiaca Common Motherwort Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
Leucothoe axillaris Coastal Doghobble Perennial Shrub 2-4 ft. detail
Lindera benzoin Smooth Northern Spicebush Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-9 ft. detail
Linum perenne Blue Flax Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Liquidambar styraciflua Sweet Gum Perennial Tree (10–)15–35(–45) m tall. detail
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Perennial Forb/herb 1.5-4 ft. detail
Lychnis coronaria Mullein-pink Perennial Forb/herb detail
Malus pumila Common Apple Perennial Tree detail
Marrubium vulgare Horehound Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm Perennial Forb/herb detail
Mentha ×piperita Peppermint Perennial Forb/herb detail
Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal Perennial Forb/herb detail
Mentha spicata Spearmint Perennial Forb/herb detail
Mentha suaveolens Apple Mint Perennial Forb/herb detail
Mitchella repens Partridge-berry Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb to 4 in. (trailing 1/2-1 ft.) detail
Monarda didyma Beebalm Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
Monarda fistulosa Appalachian Bergamot Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-5 ft. detail
Monarda punctata Eastern Horse-mint Annual, Biennial, Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Morella cerifera Common Wax-myrtle Perennial Tree, Subshrub, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
Muhlenbergia capillaris Hairgrass Perennial Graminoid 3 ft. detail
Nepeta cataria Catnip Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Nerium oleander Oleander Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Ophiopogon japonicus Black Mondo detail
Opuntia humifusa Eastern Prickly Pear Perennial Shrub to 2 feet or more detail
Origanum vulgare Oregano Perennial Forb/herb detail
Ornithogalum umbellatum Star-of-Bethlehem Perennial Forb/herb 4-10 in. detail
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Osmunda spectabilis American Royal Fern 1 - 2 ft. detail
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 feet or more detail
Packera aurea Golden Ragwort Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia Creeper Perennial Vine detail
Passiflora incarnata Purple Passionflower Perennial Vine, Forb/herb to 12 ft. detail
Persea borbonia Red Bay Perennial Tree, Shrub Usually to 40 ft. detail
Petroselinum crispum Garden Parsley Annual, Biennial Forb/herb detail
Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem Sage Perennial Shrub detail
Phlox divaricata Eastern Blue Phlox Perennial Forb/herb to 20 in. detail
Phlox stolonifera Creeping Phlox Perennial Forb/herb 8 inches detail
Phytolacca americana American Pokeweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-10 ft. detail
Pinus palustris Longleaf Pine Perennial Tree 80-100 ft. detail
Pinus strobus Eastern White Pine Perennial Tree detail
Pinus taeda Loblolly Pine Perennial Tree (20–)25–40(–55) m tall. detail
Plantago major Common Plantain Perennial Forb/herb 2-20 in. detail
Platycodon grandiflorum Balloonflower detail
Podophyllum peltatum May-apple Perennial Forb/herb 12-18 in. detail
Polemonium reptans Spreading Jacobs ladder Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 6-18 in. detail
Polygonatum biflorum Solomons-seal Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Primula veris Cowslip Perennial Forb/herb detail
Primula ×polyantha Polyantha Primrose Perennial Forb/herb detail
Prunus serotina Black Cherry Perennial Tree, Shrub to 50 ft. detail
Pulmonaria officinalis Blue Lungwort Perennial Forb/herb detail
Punica granatum Pomegranate Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Pycnanthemum muticum Short-toothed Mountain-mint Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Pyrus communis Common Pear Perennial Tree detail
Quercus falcata Southern Red Oak Perennial Tree (15–)20–30(–40) m tall. detail
Rhododendron catawbiense Catawba Rhododendron Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Rhus aromatica Fragrant Sumac Perennial Shrub 2 feet up-8 feet spread detail
Rosa chinensis Chinese Rose Perennial Vine, Subshrub detail
Rosa gallica French Rose Perennial Subshrub detail
Rosa moschata Musk Rose Perennial Vine, Subshrub detail
Rosa palustris Swamp Rose Perennial Subshrub 4-6 ft. detail
Rosa rugosa Rugosa Rose Perennial Subshrub detail
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Rudbeckia fulgida Orange Coneflower Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii Black-eyed-Susan 2-3 ft. detail
Rudbeckia laciniata Green-head Coneflower Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 3-7 ft. detail
Rumex sanguineus Bloody Dock Perennial Forb/herb detail
Rumex scutatus French Sorrel detail
Ruta graveolens Common Rue Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Sabal minor Dwarf Palmetto Perennial Tree, Shrub 3 to 6 ft detail
Salvia lyrata Lyreleaf Sage Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Salvia officinalis Common Sage Perennial Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb detail
Sambucus canadensis Common Elderberry height and spread 8-12 feet detail
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot Perennial Forb/herb 6-12 in. detail
Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender Cotton Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Saponaria officinalis Soapwort Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 ft. detail
Sassafras albidum Sassafras Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 feet detail
Satureja montana Winter Savory Perennial Forb/herb detail
Scilla siberica Siberian Squill Perennial Forb/herb detail
Scutellaria lateriflora Blue Skullcap Perennial Forb/herb 1-2.5 ft. detail
Senna hebecarpa American Senna Perennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-6 ft. detail
Senna marilandica Maryland Wild Senna Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
Serenoa repens Saw Palmetto Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
Silene virginica Fire Pink Perennial Forb/herb 12-18 in. detail
Smilax glauca Cat Greenbrier Perennial Shrub, Vine detail
Solidago odora Anise-scented Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Solidago rugosa Rough-leaf Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 2-6 feet detail
Stachys byzantina Lamb’s-ear Perennial Forb/herb detail
Stachys officinalis Betony Perennial Forb/herb detail
Stellaria pubera Giant Chickweed Perennial Forb/herb 4-16 in. detail
Symphytum officinale Common Comfrey Perennial Forb/herb detail
Symphytum ×uplandicum Comfrey Perennial Forb/herb detail
Tagetes lucida Mexican Marigold detail
Tanacetum balsamita Costmary Perennial Forb/herb detail
Tanacetum coccineum Painted Daisy Perennial Forb/herb detail
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew Perennial Forb/herb detail
Tanacetum vulgare Common Tansy Perennial Forb/herb detail
Taraxacum officinale Common Dandelion Perennial Forb/herb 2-12 in. detail
Teucrium chamaedrys Germander detail
Thalictrum thalictroides Windflower Perennial Forb/herb 4-8 in. detail
Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus Creeping Thyme Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Thymus pulegioides Lemon Thyme Perennial Subshrub, Shrub detail
Thymus thracicus Lavender Thyme detail
Thymus vulgaris Garden Thyme Perennial Subshrub detail
Tiarella cordifolia var. collina Foamflower Perennial Forb/herb 6-12 in.; spread-1 ft. detail
Toxicodendron radicans Eastern Poison Ivy Perennial Shrub, Forb/herb, Subshrub, Vine detail
Tradescantia virginiana Virginia Spiderwort Perennial Forb/herb 6-20 in. detail
Trifolium pratense Red Clover Biennial, Perennial Forb/herb 6-22 in. detail
Trillium catesbaei Catesby’s Trillium Perennial Forb/herb 10-18 in. detail
Trillium cuneatum Little Sweet Betsy Perennial Forb/herb 6-11 in. detail
Trillium luteum Yellow Trillium Perennial Forb/herb 4-12 in. detail
Tsuga canadensis Eastern Hemlock Perennial Tree 60 ft. detail
Ulmus americana American Elm Perennial Tree (10–)20–35(–50) m tall detail
Ulmus rubra Red Elm Perennial Tree (10–)15–25(–40) m tall detail
Urtica dioica European Stinging Nettle Perennial Forb/herb detail
Uvularia sessilifolia Sessileleaf Bellwort Perennial Forb/herb 6-10 in. detail
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry Perennial Shrub 15 ft detail
Vaccinium macrocarpon Large Cranberry Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 6 in. detail
Vaccinium virgatum Rabbiteye Blueberry Perennial Shrub detail
Valeriana officinalis Valerian Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-7 ft. detail
Veronica officinalis Common Speedwell Perennial Forb/herb 4-12 in. detail
Viburnum nudum Possumhaw Perennial Tree, Shrub to 15 feet detail
Viola odorata English Violet Perennial Forb/herb detail
Viola sororia Common Blue Violet Annual, Perennial Forb/herb 2-8 in. detail
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Zizia aurea Common Golden Alexanders Perennial Forb/herb 1-2.5 ft. detail