Special Collections


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.

Last Update: 2018-10-24

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id_plant scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
ACUN Aconitum uncinatum Southern Blue Monkshood Perennial Forb/herb 2-5 ft. detail
ACRA7 Actaea racemosa Early Black-cohosh Perennial Forb/herb 3-8 ft. detail
ADCA Adiantum capillus-veneris Southern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
ADPE Adiantum pedatum Northern Maidenhair Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
AGPO2 Agarista populifolia Florida-hobblebush Perennial Shrub 6-15 feet detail
ALSE2 Alnus serrulata Tag Alder Perennial Tree, Shrub 15 feet detail
AMCA14 Ampelaster carolinianus Climbing Aster Perennial Shrub, Vine to 6+ ft. detail
AMTA2 Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
ANGL2 Andropogon glomeratus Bushy Bluestem Perennial Graminoid detail
ANSO Antennaria solitaria Singlehead Pussytoes Perennial Forb/herb 7-11 in. detail
APHY Aplectrum hyemale Adam And Eve Perennial Forb/herb 8-20 in. detail
AQCA Aquilegia canadensis Eastern Columbine Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
ARRA Aralia racemosa American Spikenard Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
ARDR3 Arisaema dracontium Green Dragon Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
ARTR Arisaema triphyllum Jack-in-the-pulpit Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
ARAR7 Aronia arbutifolia Red Chokeberry up to 12 ft. detail
ASCA Asarum canadense Wild Ginger Perennial Forb/herb 2–8 in. detail
ASIN Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
ASTU Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
ASTA Aster tataricus Tartarian Aster Perennial Forb/herb detail
BAAL Baptisia alba White Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
BAAR Baptisia arachnifera Cobwebby Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb detail
BAAU Baptisia australis Blue Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
BABR2 Baptisia bracteata Creamy Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb detail
BAPE3 Baptisia perfoliata Catbells Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
BASP Baptisia sphaerocarpa Yellow Wild Indigo Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
CAAM2 Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry Perennial Shrub 4-8 ft. detail
CAFLG Calycanthus floridus var. glaucus Smooth Sweetshrub Perennial Shrub 4-6 ft. detail
CAAM6 Campanula americana Tall Bellflower 1.5-6 ft. detail
CACR6 Carex crinita Fringed Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CACR7 Carex cristatella Crested Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CAFR3 Carex frankii Frank’s Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CAGR5 Carex grayi Gray’s Sedge Perennial Graminoid to 18 inches detail
CALU5 Carex lurida Sallow Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CAPL4 Carex plantaginea Seersucker Sedge Perennial Graminoid 1-2 ft. detail
CASH2 Carex shortiana Short’s Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CAST5 Carex stipata Awlfruit Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CAST8 Carex stricta Tussuck Sedge Perennial Graminoid detail
CEAM Ceanothus americanus New Jersey Tea Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 3-4 ft. detail
CECAT Cercis canadensis var. texensis Texas Redbud Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
CHLY2 Chelone lyonii Pink Turtlehead Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
CHVI5 Chrysogonum virginianum Green-and-gold Perennial Forb/herb 2-10 in. detail
CHMA14 Chrysopsis mariana Maryland Golden-aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
CLRE Clematis reticulata Netleaf Leather Flower Perennial Vine detail
CLAL3 Clethra alnifolia Coastal Sweet-pepperbush Perennial Shrub 3-5 ft. detail
COCO13 Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
COVE4 Conradina verticillata Cumberland False Rosemary Perennial Shrub detail
COAU Coreopsis auriculata Lobed Tickseed Perennial Forb/herb 6-8 in. detail
COGL2 Coreopsis gladiata Coastal Plain Tickseed Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
COMA6 Coreopsis major Greater Tickseed Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
CORO Coreopsis rosea Pink Tickseed Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
COTR4 Coreopsis tripteris Tall Coreopsis Perennial Forb/herb 4-6 ft. detail
CUOR Cunila origanoides American-dittany Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 8-16 in. detail
CYRA Cyrilla racemiflora Titi Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-12 ft. detail
DEEX Delphinium exaltatum Tall Larkspur Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 ft. detail
DIEX Dicentra eximia Wild Bleeding-heart Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
DRAU5 Dryopteris ×australis Dixie Wood Fern Perennial Forb/herb up to 4 ft. detail
ECPU Echinacea purpurea Eastern Purple Coneflower Perennial Forb/herb 1.5-4 ft. detail
ERAL2 Erianthus alopecuroides Silver Plume Grass 3-9 ft. detail
ERYU Eryngium yuccifolium Northern Rattlesnake-master Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
EUPE3 Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
EUDI16 Eurybia divaricata White Wood Aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
EUSU7 Eurybia surculosa Creeping Aster Perennial Forb/herb detail
EUFI14 Eutrochium fistulosum Hollow-stem Joe-pye-weed Perennial Forb/herb 5-8 ft. detail
FOGA Fothergilla gardenii Dwarf Witchalder Perennial Shrub 3 ft. detail
FOMA Fothergilla major Mountain Witchalder Perennial Shrub detail
GEGE Geum geniculatum Bent Avens Perennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-2 1/2 ft. detail
HEAU Helenium autumnale Common Sneezeweed Perennial Forb/herb 2-5 ft. detail
HEFL Helenium flexuosum Purplehead Sneezeweed Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
HESC3 Helianthus schweinitzii Schweinitz’s Sunflower Perennial Forb/herb detail
HEAR6 Hexastylis arifolia Little Brown Jug Perennial Forb/herb 2-6 in. detail
HELE2 Hexastylis lewisii Lewis’ Heartleaf Perennial Forb/herb 4-12 detail
HEVI3 Hexastylis virginica Virginia Heartleaf Perennial Forb/herb 4-8 in. detail
HICO2 Hibiscus coccineus Scarlet Rose-mallow Perennial Forb/herb 4-7 ft. detail
HIGR4 Hibiscus grandiflorus Large-flowered Hibiscus Perennial Shrub, Subshrub detail
HIMO Hibiscus moscheutos Crimson-eyed Rose-mallow Annual, Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 4-6 ft. detail
HYQU3 Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea Perennial Shrub 6-8 ft.; width 6-8 ft. detail
HYRA6 Hydrangea radiata Silverleaf Perennial Shrub detail
HYCA Hydrastis canadensis Golden-seal Perennial Forb/herb 10-15 in. detail
HYDE Hypericum densiflorum Bushy St. John’s-wort Perennial Shrub 4 ft. detail
ILVO Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Perennial Tree, Shrub 12-20 feet, or more detail
ILFL Illicium floridanum Florida Anise Tree Perennial Tree, Shrub 6-10 ft. tall detail
ILPA Illicium parviflorum Yellow Anise-tree Perennial Tree, Shrub 8-10 feet detail
IRCR Iris cristata Dwarf Crested Iris Perennial Forb/herb 4-6 in. detail
ITVI Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire Perennial Shrub 3-4 ft.; width 3-4 ft. detail
KOVI Kosteletzkya virginica Seashore-mallow Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 5-6 ft. detail
LIPI7 Liatris pilosa Shaggy Blazing Star Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
LISP Liatris spicata Sessile Blazing-star Perennial Forb/herb 1-4 ft. detail
LISQ2 Liatris squarrulosa Southern Blazing-star Perennial Forb/herb 2 to 6 ft. detail
LISU8 Lindera subcoriacea Bog Spicebush Perennial Tree, Shrub detail
LOCA2 Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
LOSI Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Perennial Forb/herb 1.5-4 ft. detail
LOSE Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle Perennial Vine Climbs 8-10 ft. or more detail
LYLU3 Lyonia lucida Shining Fetterbush Perennial Shrub 6 ft. detail
LYNU Lysimachia nummularia Creeping Jenny Perennial Forb/herb 2–4 in. (to 2 ft. long) detail
MAGR4 Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia Perennial Tree 60-80 ft. detail
MAVI2 Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Perennial Tree, Shrub 20-30 ft. detail
MARA7 Maianthemum racemosum Eastern Solomon’s-plume Perennial Forb/herb 10-24 in. detail
MEVI2 Melanthium virginicum Virginia Bunchflower 2-5 ft. detail
MIRI Mimulus ringens Allegheny Monkeyflower Perennial Forb/herb 6-36 in. detail
MODI Monarda didyma Beebalm Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
MOCE2 Morella cerifera Common Wax-myrtle Perennial Tree, Subshrub, Shrub 10-15 ft. detail
MUCA2 Muhlenbergia capillaris Hairgrass Perennial Graminoid 3 ft. detail
NYBI Nyssa biflora Swamp Black Gum Perennial Tree detail
OEFR Oenothera fruticosa Southern Sundrops Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
OETE4 Oenothera tetragona Northern Sundrops detail
OSAM Osmanthus americanus Devilwood Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-20 ft detail
PAVI2 Panicum virgatum Switchgrass Perennial Graminoid 4-5 ft. detail
PAIN3 Parthenium integrifolium Wild Quinine Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
PECA8 Penstemon canescens Eastern Gray Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 ft. detail
PEDI Penstemon digitalis Foxglove Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
PEDI7 Penstemon dissectus Dissected Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb detail
PELA8 Penstemon laevigatus Eastern Beardtongue Perennial Forb/herb 1-4 ft. detail
PHDI5 Phlox divaricata Eastern Blue Phlox Perennial Forb/herb to 20 in. detail
PHGLT Phlox glaberrima ssp. triflora Appalachian Smooth Phlox Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
PHNI Phlox nivalis Pineland Phlox Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 4-12 in. detail
PHPA9 Phlox paniculata Summer Phlox Perennial Forb/herb 1-5 ft. detail
PHPI Phlox pilosa Downy Phlox Perennial Forb/herb 8-22 in. detail
PHST3 Phlox stolonifera Creeping Phlox Perennial Forb/herb 8 inches detail
PHVI8 Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
PIBR6 Pinckneya bracteata Fever-tree Perennial Tree, Shrub 10-20 ft. detail
PIRU3 Pityopsis ruthii Ruth’s Goldaster Perennial Forb/herb detail
PORER Polemonium reptans var. reptans Spreading Jacob’s-ladder Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
POBIC Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum King Solomon’s-seal Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
POAC4 Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
PYTE Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrow-leaf Mountain-mint Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 ft. detail
RAPI Ratibida pinnata Drooping Coneflower Perennial Forb/herb detail
RHHY Rhapidophyllum hystrix Needle Palm Perennial Shrub detail
RHPE4 Rhododendron periclymenoides Pinxter-flower Perennial Shrub 4-6 ft. detail
RHPR Rhododendron prinophyllum Election Pink Perennial Shrub detail
RHPR2 Rhododendron prunifolium Plumleaf Azalea Perennial Shrub 6-10 ft.; width 4-6 ft. detail
RHVI2 Rhododendron viscosum Swamp Azalea Perennial Shrub 5 feet detail
RUFU2 Rudbeckia fulgida Orange Coneflower Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
RUFUS Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii Black-eyed-Susan 2-3 ft. detail
RUHI2 Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan Annual, Biennial, Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 ft. detail
RUTR2 Rudbeckia triloba Browneyed Susan Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
RUCA4 Ruellia caroliniensis Carolina Wild Petunia Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SALY2 Salvia lyrata Lyreleaf Sage Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SACA12 Sambucus canadensis Common Elderberry height and spread 8-12 feet detail
SAAL5 Sassafras albidum Sassafras Perennial Tree, Shrub to 30 feet detail
SCSCS Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium Common Little Bluestem Perennial Graminoid detail
SCCY Scirpus cyperinus Woolgrass Perennial Graminoid detail
SCIN Scutellaria incana Hoary Skullcap Perennial Forb/herb 1-4 ft. detail
SCIN2 Scutellaria integrifolia Large-flower Skullcap Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SCOV Scutellaria ovata Heartleaf Skullcap Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SETE3 Sedum ternatum Woodland Stonecrop Perennial Forb/herb 3-6 in. detail
SIVI4 Silene virginica Fire Pink Perennial Forb/herb 12-18 in. detail
SIASD2 Silphium asteriscus var. dentatum Starry Rosinweed detail
SIGL10 Silphium glutinosum Sticky Rosinweed Perennial Forb/herb detail
SIPE10 Silphium perplexum Old Cahaba Rosinweed Perennial Forb/herb detail
SITE Silphium terebinthinaceum Prairie Rosinweed Perennial Forb/herb detail
SOGL2 Solidago glomerata Clustered Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 1 1/2-3 ft. detail
SORU2 Solidago rugosa Rough-leaf Goldenrod Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
SONU2 Sorghastrum nutans Yellow Indiangrass Perennial Graminoid 6 ft. detail
SPMA3 Spigelia marilandica Indian Pink Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SPVI2 Spiraea virginiana Virginia Spiraea Perennial Shrub detail
SPHE Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed Perennial Graminoid detail
STLA6 Stokesia laevis Stokes’ Aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 ft. detail
SYOR Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Coralberry Perennial Shrub 2-5 ft. detail
SYGR5 Symphyotrichum grandiflorum Large-flower American-aster Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
SYLAH5 Symphyotrichum lateriflorum var. horizontale Goblet Aster Perennial Forb/herb detail
SYNO2 Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster Perennial Forb/herb 3-4 ft. detail
SYOB Symphyotrichum oblongifolium Eastern Aromatic Aster Perennial Forb/herb 3 ft. detail
SYPA11 Symphyotrichum patens Clasping American-aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
SYPU Symphyotrichum puniceum Purplestem Aster Perennial Forb/herb, Subshrub 3-7 ft. detail
SYUN Symphyotrichum undulatum Clasping Heart-leaf Aster Perennial Forb/herb 2-5 ft. detail
SYWA Symphyotrichum walteri Walter’s American-aster Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
THRE Thalictrum revolutum Skunk Meadow-rue Perennial Forb/herb 4-5 ft. detail
THKU Thelypteris kunthii Southern Shield Fern Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
THVI Thermopsis villosa Aaron’s Rod Perennial Forb/herb 4-5 ft. detail
TICO Tiarella cordifolia Foamflower Perennial Forb/herb 10-12 in. detail
TIDI Tipularia discolor Cranefly Orchid Perennial Forb/herb 4-20 in. detail
TRHI5 Tradescantia hirsuticaulis Hairy Spiderwort Perennial Forb/herb 18-24 in. detail
TROH Tradescantia ohiensis Ohio Spiderwort Perennial Forb/herb 10 in.-4 ft. detail
TRPUV Trillium pusillum var. virginianum Virginia Dwarf Trillium Perennial Forb/herb detail
VAAR Vaccinium arboreum Sparkleberry Perennial Tree, Shrub 15 feet x 15 feet detail
VACO Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry Perennial Shrub 15 ft detail
VEAN Vernonia angustifolia Carolina Sandhill Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
VEGL Vernonia glauca Broadleaf Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-5 ft. detail
VENO Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed Perennial Forb/herb 3-7 ft. detail
VEVI4 Veronicastrum virginicum Culver’s-root Perennial Forb/herb 2-4 ft. detail
VIAC Viburnum acerifolium Maple-leaf Arrow-wood Perennial Shrub, Subshrub 5-6 ft. detail
VINU Viburnum nudum Possumhaw Perennial Tree, Shrub to 15 feet detail
VIRA Viburnum rafinesqueanum Downy Arrow-wood Perennial Shrub up-6 feet detail
YUFI Yucca filamentosa Adam’s Needle Perennial Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb 4-8 ft. detail
YUGL2 Yucca gloriosa Mound-lily Yucca Perennial Tree, Shrub, Forb/herb detail
ZEPU3 Zenobia pulverulenta Honeycup Perennial Shrub 4-6 ft. detail
ZIAU Zizia aurea Common Golden Alexanders Perennial Forb/herb 1-2.5 ft. detail