Special Collections


Coll_ID Collection Name Description Update Publish Action
nhp_2018 2018 Natural Heritage Program List This list is dynamic and is revised frequently as new data become available. New species are added to the list, and others are dropped from the list as appropriate. The list is published every two years. Further information may be obtained by contacting the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 1651 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1651. This collection contains most but not all of the vascular plants in the published list. A complete digital version of the list, can be obtained from the Natural Heritage Program website at www.ncnhp.org. 2019-12-01 1 view
ncbg_dps 2020 Daily Plant Sale Our DAILY PLANT SALE is open March-December in the pavilion right outside the Garden Shop. The Plant Sale is open during Garden Shop hours (9-5 Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 Sunday).In addition to the plants on this list are cultivars: Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' and Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok'. This list updated on 03-11-2020 2020-03-02 1 view
2020_seedpack 2020 Member's Seed Pack This is a list of the species included in the 2020 Member's Seed Pack. 2020-01-03 1 view
openkey Common Trees of the North Carolina Piedmont These web pages provide resources for identifying and developing botanical knowledge of tree species of the North Carolina Piedmont. The overall aim is to make tree identification more accessible and reliable than is often the case for non-professional botanists using traditional keys - http://www.ibiblio.org/openkey/index.html. Citation: Stephen M. Seiberling, Alan S. Weakley, and Peter S. White (2005 onwards). Common Trees of the North Carolina Piedmont: Identification, Descriptions, Illustrations, and Glossary. Version: March 7, 2006. 2019-11-29 1 view
cg_shrubtree Conservation Gardening Shrubs and Trees Collection of recommended native shrubs and trees. 2019-08-22 1 view
hort_ab Hort. - annuals, biennials, short-lived perennials Native species that you need to leave room for (ie. annuals, biennials, and short-lived reseeding perennials). 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_avgsun Hort. - average to moist sun Native species for sunny areas with average to moist soil. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_deertol Hort. - deer tolerant Native species that are deer tolerant. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_drysun Hort. - dry sun species Native species for sunny areas with dry soil. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_erosion Hort. - erosion control Native species that are good for erosion control. 2019-08-29 1 view
hort_nectarfall Hort. - fall nectar Native species that produce nectar and pollen in the late fall. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_ferns Hort. - ferns Native ferns. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_shadefall Hort. - shade fall blooming Fall blooming native species that are good for shade. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_gramshade Hort. - shade graminoids Native grasses, sedges, and rushes for shade. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_gcshade Hort. - shade groundcovers Native groundcovers for shade. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_shadespring Hort. - shade spring blooming Spring-blooming native species that are good for shade. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_spread Hort. - spreaders Native species that are rhizomatous or seedy spreaders that are lovely and/or do a good job colonizing tricky spaces but can be bullies in a smaller garden if they are happy enough. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_nectarspring Hort. - spring nectar Native species that produce nectar and pollen in the early spring. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_gramsun Hort. - sun graminoids Native grasses, sedges, and rushes for sun. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_gcsun Hort. - sun groundcovers Native groundcovers for sun. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_sunpied Hort. - sunny piedmont A short list of excellent garden plants for a sunny spot in the NC piedmont. These species were included in an NCBG garden exhibit at the USBG in Washington, DC during the summer and fall of 2019. 2019-09-23 1 view
hort_vines Hort. - vines Native vines. 2019-08-16 1 view
hort_wet Hort. - wet feet Native species that don't mind wet feet. 2019-08-27 1 view
1809_Bivins My Home Plant list for home. 2019-03-13 1 view
nc_poll NC Pollinator Toolkit Species List Species listed in the NC Pollinator Toolkit 2019-06-03 1 view
ncbg_bp NCBG - Battle Park On July 1, 2004, at the request of James Moeser, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden assumed responsibility for Battle Park, a wonderful wooded tract on the east side of campus and downhill from the Coker Arboretum. The park is named for Kemp Plummer Battle, president of UNC from 1876 to 1891, who laid out the original trail system and spent many happy and contemplative hours within the forest. 2019-03-13 1 view
ncbg_bp_bt NCBG - Battle Park - Brock Terrace List of plants installed at the Brock Terrace. 2019-03-13 1 view
ncbg_carn NCBG - Carnivorous Plant Collection Our carnivorous plant collection is known as one of the best in the Southeast. Numerous species of pitcher plants, sundews, and butterworts are found in the southeastern United States as are Venus' flytraps. These are cultivated in five raised beds. In addition to the carnivorous plants, these beds include some of the showier plants commonly found in pitcher plant bogs such as orchids, meadow beauties, and the pine lily. The centerpiece of this space is a sculpture depicting the prey of pitcher plants and honoring the late Rob Gardner, the developer and original curator of the collection. 2018-10-30 1 view
ncbg_nc NCBG - Coastal Plain Habitat The Coastal Plain and Sandhills Habitats represent the wide range of ecosystems present in the eastern part of the state, beginning with the rolling sandhills where you see the state tree of North Carolina, the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). Soon the terrain becomes flatter, simulating the pocosin and wetland habitats common on the outer coastal plain. In this area grow myrtle (Myrica cerifera) and carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia species). 2018-11-19 1 view
ncbg_ca NCBG - Coker Arboretum The Coker Arboretum is at the center of one of the most beautiful university campuses in the nation: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, it is one of the Garden's oldest tracts. 2016-09-04 1 view
ncbg_cp NCBG - Coker Pinetum The Coker Pinetum is approximately 25 acres of wooded terrain administered by the North Carolina Botanical Garden that links the UNC campus with the Garden. A pinetum, by definition, is a collection of pines or conifers that is particularly used for their scientific study. Few pines remain in this particular site, however, but some of the remnant trees are quite old and retain resin-tapping scars. Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek (mostly confined to buried culverts on the main campus) flows freely from the upper reaches of the Pinetum to its confluence with Morgan Creek. 2016-09-04 1 view
ncbg_ls NCBG - Education Center Landscape Our new James & Delight Allen Education Center is the first building on a UNC campus, the first state-owned building in North Carolina, and the state's first public museum and outreach center to earn LEED platinum status! UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, Governor Beverly Perdue, UNC Board of Trustees Chair Bob Winston, and others dedicated the facility on October 12, 2009. Governor Perdue hailed the new center as a model for green building. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_fc NCBG - Fern Collection While there are many opportunities to enjoy native southeastern ferns at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the fern collection in front of the Paul Green cabin provides a different experience. Here, ferns are arranged so that visitors may see and compare specimens of related Southeastern species in the near beds and appreciate the intricate patterns and textures of masses of ferns in the surrounding area. An example is the juxtaposition of northern maidenhair fern, a not uncommon plant that grows in the mountains of North Carolina, with southern maidenhair, a rare fern found closer to our coast. 2018-11-20 1 view
ncbg_pf NCBG - Garden of Flowering Plant Families The Garden of Flowering Plant Families is a place where visitors find a visual representation of the evolutionary relationships between plant groups. Collections such as this were historically more prominent in botanical gardens. Here, familiar and exotic representatives of various plant families grow side by side. Did you know that tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, and petunias are all in the same family? There's a lot to learn in the Garden of Flowering Plant Families, and the area is complemented by interesting works of sculpture by NC artists. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_mf NCBG - Mason Farm Biological Reserve The Mason Farm Biological Reserve (MFBR) protects natural areas, supports academic research and public education, and is a place for contemplation and appreciation of the natural world. MFBR and contiguous undeveloped tracts create an approximately 900-acre natural area that connects with the 41,000-acre New Hope Game Lands to the south. MFBR proper is 367 acres and contains a combination of forests and old fields that support approximately 800 species of plants, 216 species of birds, 29 species of mammals, 28 species of fish, 28 species of reptiles, 23 species of amphibians, and 67 species of butterflies. 2016-08-14 1 view
ncbg_hg 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." 2016-08-29 1 view
ncbg_nm NCBG - Mountain Habitat The Mountain Habitat Garden contains plants and trees that are characteristic of the mountainous areas of the southern Appalachians at elevations ranging from 1,500 feet to 6,684 feet. Dense shade from canopy trees and abundant moisture create a cove-like environment for these species. Plants native to North Carolina's western boundary include spring-blooming wildflowers such as trilliums, bluebell, bloodroot, liverleaf, and Oconee bells; members of the heath family, such as mountain laurel, flame azalea, rhododendrons, and leucothoe; Canadian hemlock, white pine, and tulip tree; and many species of ferns. A dominant historical feature in this habitat garden, the Paul Green Cabin, was moved to the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1991 and restored. In this cabin, playwright Paul Green did much of his research and writing on uses of native herbs. Green's plays often incorporated the botanical knowledge and herbal folk wisdom of North Carolina's native peoples and settlers. This habitat garden also features displays of ferns and woodland wildflowers from all the geographic regions of North Carolina that grow best in a shady location. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_aq NCBG - Native Aquatic Garden All of the aquatic plants in our water gardens are native to the southeastern United States. This collection includes elegant American white water lilies, Nymphaea odorata, and American lotus-lilies, Nelumbo lutea, as well as emergent plants like heartleaf pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, and many others. Be sure to visit with the bullfrog tadpoles, goldfish, and koi that live here. 2018-10-30 1 view
ncbg_bn NCBG - Native Perennial Border The native plant border is a collection of native perennials, shrubs, and small trees. It was designed to be visually interesting throughout the growing season and supplies nectar for pollinators from spring to fall. Featured throughout this collection are a number of rare plants. Our rare plant walk begins in the border and winds about the Garden Commons. 2018-10-24 1 view
ncbg_pb NCBG - Penny's Bend Penny's Bend Nature Preserve is an 84-acre site surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in eastern Durham County, North Carolina. The Preserve has the distinction of being U.S Army Corps of Engineers property that is sub-leased by the State of North Carolina Division of Water Resources and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden through the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_np NCBG - Piedmont Habitat This garden was once Laurel Hill Road! Now it is a series of beds that display plant communities of the Piedmont with a focus on the plants that prefer sunny sites. You will see roadside wildflowers, a representation of a diabase glade featuring a number of rare plants, and a collection of old farm implements that remind us of the impact that the Piedmont's agricultural history has had on the landscape. There are things to see in this collection year round, but summer and fall are the best times to take in the perennials and grasses that dominate the Piedmont habitat. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_nt NCBG - Piedmont Nature Trail Down slope from the Display Gardens and Education Center is an 88-acre area known as the Piedmont Nature Trails. Opened to the public in 1966, the trails provide over two miles of hiking through a typical central North Carolina forest. Open from dawn to dusk every day of the year, the trails consist of two major loops, the Streamside Trail and the Oak-Hickory Trail. The easier Streamside Trail crosses Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek twice as it meanders through the lower sections of this site. The more difficult Oak-Hickory Trail traverses hillier portions. A diversity of hardwood and evergreen trees, shrubs, and woodland wildflowers thrive in these woods. Interpretive brochures and a trail map are available at the entrance to the trail. The trail walk can take from 15 to 45 minutes or more, depending upon the path taken and your pace. 2018-09-17 1 view
ncbg_all NCBG - Plants of the North Carolina Botanical Garden This is a list of plants one might find at one of our gardens. 2016-08-29 1 view
ncbg_ns NCBG - Sandhills Habitat The Coastal Plain and Sandhills Habitats represent the wide range of ecosystems present in the eastern part of the state, beginning with the rolling sandhills where you see the state tree of North Carolina, the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). Soon the terrain becomes flatter, simulating the pocosin and wetland habitats common on the outer coastal plain. In this area grow myrtle (Myrica cerifera) and carnivorous plants, such as the Venus' flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia species). 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_sb NCBG - Stillhouse Bottom Preserve The Stillhouse Bottom natural area is the only undisturbed, steep, north-facing ravine left in Orange County according to the Inventory of Natural Areas and Wildlife Habitats for Orange County, NC (2004). Preservation of this site is a conservation priority for the state of North Carolina, Orange County, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Over 100 plant species have been identified, and the high quality of the site is demonstrated by the presence of red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, yellow-billed cuckoos, white-breasted nuthatches, ovenbirds, and scarlet tanagers, and other deep forest birds. Stream quality is likewise demonstrated by the healthy amphibian community, made up of dusky salamanders, two-lined salamanders, and green frogs. 2020-01-01 1 view
ncbg_tc NCBG - Totten Center Landscape Landscaped areas around the Totten Center feature a variety of native southeastern plants that do well in low-maintenance situations. Drought-tolerant plants, ferns that do well in sunny locations, evergreen groundcovers, and flowering perennials that require little attention are being tested and displayed here. 2019-12-30 1 view
ncbg_ha NCBG - William Lanier Hunt Arboretum From the 1960s into the 1990s, William Lanier Hunt donated over 100 acres of land to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, including several beautiful rhododendron bluffs located in a gorge along Morgan Creek. The purpose the William Lanier Hunt Arboretum is to protect natural areas and conserve a collection of the diverse woody plants of the southeastern United States. Upstream of and contiguous with the Hunt Arboretum lies the eight-acre Grey Bluff Garden that also protects the steep slopes along Morgan Creek and another extensive rhododendron bluff. 2016-08-29 1 view
ncbg_seedsales NCBG Garden Shop seed packs Seed packs of each of these species are available for purchase in the NCBG Garden Shop. The Garden Shop is open 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 Sunday. 2020-01-22 1 view
wfoy 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. 2018-08-04 1 view
sos Seeds of Success Seeds of Success (SOS) is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. 2019-03-13 1 view
solar_nc_all Solar Mix for NC Seed list from North Carolina Technical Guidance for Native Plantings on Solar Sites. 2018-08-04 1 view
wotas Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast This is the collection of plants that appears in the Timber Press publication, Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast. 2020-01-19 1 view