Home & Garden Information Center

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health. 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M - F)

Fact Sheets

Link to Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants Fact SheetsLandscape, Garden
& Indoor Plants

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& Other Problems

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Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum var. purpureum) flowers are fragrant and attract many pollinating insects, especially butterflies.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Joe-Pye Weed Joe-Pye weeds (Eutrochium spp.) are early fall blooming wildflowers that colonize roadside ditches in sunny, moist sites. These native perennial plants grow to 4 -6 feet tall and bloom along with goldenrods (Solidago spp.), ironweeds (Veronica fasciculata), and our native grasses to make a beautiful autumn display. ... (continue)


Carrots grow well in the gradually cooling months of fall.Seasonal Garden Tips
Fall Root Crops for the Home Garden – Heading into August, many garden veggies have mostly fizzled out. Instead of letting weeds grow in the space left behind, consider planting fall vegetables A number of cool-season crops can be planted in late summer, ... (continue)

Drinking WaterFeatured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Fluid Needs - With August being the second hottest month of the year on average here in South Carolina, it is very important to drink fluids so that we can stay cool and continue to enjoy the nice weather. ... (continue)

Variety of Specialty Foods for Sale at Bee Well Honey & Natural Market.Food Safety & Nutrition News
Buying South Carolina Foods – We are very fortunate to have an abundance of options for SC grown, harvested, and produced foods. Choosing foods produced locally has many advantages. Read on for resources to help you know ... (continue)

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The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. South Carolina residents can also email HGIC@clemson.edu for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.



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