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Carolina birds-in-a-nest Botanical name: Macbridea caroliniana
Carolina birds-in-a-nest

Botanical name: Macbridea caroliniana

Description: Carolina birds-in-a-nest is endemic to only three states: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. This rare native perennial grows in blackwater creek swamps and seepage bogs and streams in the Coastal Plain and Fall Line regions. Its pinkish tubular flowers bloom from mid-July to September and attracts bumblebees as well as skipper butterflies.

Where to see it: Natural Heritage Garden (Longleaf Pine Savanna)


cat’s whiskers Botanical name: Orthosiphon aristatus
cat’s whiskers

Botanical name: Orthosiphon aristatus

Description: This herbaceous perennial is native to Africa, Australia and southeast Asia. It has medicinal properties and is used in traditional medicine. The common name comes from the stamens that extend outward up to twice as long as the flower itself, giving the appearance of cat’s whiskers. It flowers best from mid-summer through autumn in bright, filtered shade although it will tolerate morning sun if shaded in the afternoon. It is hardy to zones 9-11, but can be brought indoors for the winter.

Where to see it: Ethnobotany Garden


silverleaf nightshade Botanical name: Solanum elaeagnifolium
silverleaf nightshade

Botanical name: Solanum elaeagnifolium

Description: This common native perennial wildflower thrives in disturbed areas. More ornamental than its close relative, common Carolina horsenettle, it has vibrant periwinkle flowers that contrast beautifully with its silver leaves and attract many native pollinators. Silverleaf nightshade grows up to 2’ tall and spreads rapidly with deep runners, making it appropriate only for naturalized landscapes. This plant should be enjoyed with the eyes only because of its spiny stems and poisonous nature.

Where to see it: Desert Garden

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