Special Collections


North Carolina Wildflower of the Year

The North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. are co-sponsors of the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program. In 2011 we celebrated thirty years of this conservation project, which was initiated in 1982. (Come by the Garden Shop to see our 25-year commemorative poster, which is still available for purchase.) The aim is to actively promote, each year, throughout the state and region an attractive plant that is native to the southeastern United States.

Last Update: 2018-08-04

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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Aquilegia canadensis Eastern Columbine Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Baptisia albescens Spiked Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Baptisia australis Tall Blue Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry Perennial Shrub 4-8 ft. detail
Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 3-4 ft. detail
Chasmanthium latifolium River Oats Perennial Graminoid 2-4 ft. detail
Chrysopsis mariana Maryland Golden-aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Coreopsis auriculata Lobed Tickseed Perennial Forb/herb 6-8 in. detail
Eryngium yuccifolium Northern Rattlesnake-master Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
Eurybia divaricata White Wood Aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Eutrochium fistulosum Hollow-stem Joe-pye-weed Perennial Forb/herb 5-8 ft. detail
Helianthus angustifolius Swamp Sunflower Perennial Forb/herb 1-6 ft. detail
Heuchera americana American Alumroot Perennial Forb/herb 6-10 in. detail
Hibiscus moscheutos Crimson-eyed Rose-mallow Annual, Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 4-6 ft. detail
Kosteletzkya virginica Seashore-mallow Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 5-6 ft. detail
Liatris squarrulosa Southern Blazing-star Perennial Forb/herb 2 to 6 ft. 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
Marshallia obovata var. obovata Piedmont Barbara's-buttons Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Oenothera fruticosa Southern Sundrops Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
Penstemon laevigatus Eastern Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 1-4 ft. detail
Penstemon smallii Small’s Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 18-24 in. detail
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrow-leaf Mountain-mint Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 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
Sabatia angularis Common Marsh-pink Annual Forb/herb 8-32 in. detail
Scutellaria incana var. punctata Hoary Skullcap Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Silene virginica Fire Pink Perennial Forb/herb 12-18 in. detail
Symphyotrichum concolor Eastern Silvery Aster Perennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-4 ft. detail
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium Eastern Aromatic Aster Perennial Forb/herb 3 ft. detail
Tiarella cordifolia var. collina Foamflower Perennial Forb/herb 6-12 in.; spread-1 ft. detail
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-7 ft. detail
Zephyranthes atamasca Atamasco Lily Perennial Forb/herb 6-8 in. detail
Zizia aurea Common Golden Alexanders Perennial Forb/herb 1-2.5 ft. detail